Lowering your bill
Energy saving tips & checklists
Tips for home
The following practical tips can help you save on your energy bill.
Buy a washing machine that suits your needs and use it wisely.
Drying clothes costs nothing if you use the sun, but this isn't always an option. A clotheshorse can be used in a spare room or near a heater. Avoid using a heater just for drying clothes.
When you do use a clothes dryer:
Minimise energy used for cooling the home.
By replacing incandescent lights with standard compact fluorescent tubes, you can save up to 75 per cent of your lighting energy dollars (lighting makes up about four per cent of your electricity account). This is especially true for high-use areas such as kitchen, lounge and living areas.
Incandescent globes are the most common form of household lighting. They are cheap to replace and come in a wide variety of shapes and forms. They can be dimmed only and have an average life span of 1000 hours. They are the least efficient as 95% of energy consumed is given off as heat.
Quartz halogen lights are twice as efficient as incandescent globes. They have a life span of around 2000 to 4000 hours and come in a wide selection of wattages. They cost more to replace than incandescent globes.
Fluorescent lights are the most energy efficient of all light sources and are ideal for areas where lighting is required for long periods. Fluorescent lights fall into two categories tubular and compact fluorescent (CFLs). CFLs use only 25% of energy to produce the same amount of light as incandescent lights and last up to eight times longer than other conventional lighting. Switching on and off reduces the expected life of the tube.
Hot water uses about 25%* of the energy consumed yearly in the average home, so be sure to:
*Wright, J; Osman,P and Ashworth, P. (2009). The CSIRO Home Energy Saving Handbook. How to save energy, save money and reduce your carbon footprint. Australia, Pac Macillian Pty Ltd
Heating is a large part of your energy account, yet there are many simple ways of reducing the cost.
If you've noticed changes in your energy bills, ask yourself these questions to pin-point the reason for the change in your usage and provide you with real solutions to reduce consumption.