The festive season is well and truly over, and with lighter wallets from the expense of gifts, holidays and New Year school fees, it’s time to tighten the purse strings in the home.
Here, AGL Smarter Living share their top tips on using energy more efficiently which can help save money on home energy bills - and is better for the environment!
1. Give the fridge the cold shoulder: Your fridge can account for seven percent of total household energy use, so open it as little as possible and keep it three quarters full as this is when it operates most efficiently. Water containers are useful not only to fill empty spaces in your fridge so you can keep it operating at its best, but also so you can offer guests a refreshing beverage in the summer heat!
2. Standby for a shock: When appliances are on standby mode they continue to use energy, sometimes more than when the appliance is on. Unbelievably, standby power can account for around 10% of Australians’ household energy use, costing Australian households more than $950 million a year. Be sure where possible to switch appliances off at the wall when not in use, this can include DVD players, VCRs and CD players.
3. Shower power: An easy way to be sustainable in the bathroom is by installing a water efficient showerhead. These use half the water that conventional showerheads do while still maintaining an adequate level of water pressure. These are available from all hardware stores and could reduce your energy charges by $507 per year.
4. Dirty Dishes: The dishwasher makes cleaning up after dinner a breeze. Although it can sometimes be a costly time saver. If possible, change your dishwasher’s settings so you can open the door once the wash cycle is finished, and let your dishes dry naturally. Check your appliance manual for guidance. The drying cycle of your dishwasher consumes energy, whereas letting your dishes dry naturally is free.
5. Downlights with a difference: A sustainable lighting option in the home is downlights. When you replace 20, 50-watt halogen down lights with 15-watt fluorescent downlights you could reduce the annual energy usage charges by up to $140 per year.
For more energy saving tips and resources visit www.aglsmarterliving.com.au