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Master the art of having fun while conserving energy during peak hours! Here we share inspirational ways to save energy that can bring joy to your life. You may even find life more fulfilling when you swap electric devices for downtime activities!
Turn off: the TV
Tune in: to a good book
On average, Australians spend over two hours a day in front of the TV, and according to energy.gov.au, a TV with a 3-star Energy Rating Label can cost just under $200 a year to run. It is easy for us to switch on the TV without thinking, especially when we want to unwind however, swapping this habit for a new activity such as reading a good book could help lower energy consumption and save.
Be it a book, magazine or the daily paper. No power-hungry pixels here-just mindful reading and imagination at play as you give your electronics a much-needed rest.
Turn off: the lights
Tune in: to mindfulness practices
During the day or evening, consider turning the lights off in a room to create a mood-soothing ambience. All you need is a selection of your favourite candles, and voila, you'll set the perfect calming atmosphere. When you've created your oasis of energy-saving tranquillity, it's time to consciously unwind with some mindful practices.
Close your eyes and focus on your breath. Let thoughts come and go without judgement, allowing yourself to be present in the moment. You could even try a body scan by lying down comfortably and slowly bring your attention to different parts of your body, noticing any tension or sensations. Allow yourself to relax and release any stress.
If getting your Zen on isn't your thing, why not head outdoors to enjoy some night-time stargazing? Roast a few marshmallows and let the celestial show, typically hidden by light pollution, dazzle you with its starry brilliance.
Turn off: the games console
Tune in: to old-school games and puzzles
Game consoles consume significant energy, especially when on standby. Instead, why not rope your household into a retro gaming revival. Bringing out board games is a great way to connect with family and friends, and you'll be saving energy while you roll the dice!
Get competitive over classics like Monopoly or Scrabble, build an epic jigsaw masterpiece, shuffle the deck for a round of Poker, or why not launch your own regular trivia night where a different household member hosts each week? You'll be amazed at the power-saving wonder of good old-fashioned fun.
Turn off: the computer
Tune in: to a creative hobby
Next time you're tempted to click away on the computer, consider giving your computer a breather during peak hours and unleash your inner creative genius instead.
Maybe you want to channel your inner Picasso with arts and crafts? Perhaps you fancy finally getting down to those DIY projects? Does your garden need tending? Or could you get into a spot of needlepoint by knitting or sewing? Paint, draw, or craft your way to masterpiece status, and watch those energy bills shrink while your artistic spirit soars.
- Cut down your TV time by curling up with a book, magazine or the daily paper instead.
- Turn off lights and use candles to create a relaxing atmosphere for mindfulness.
- Turn off the games console and get your household involved in classic board, card, puzzle or quiz games.
- Reduce your computer screen time and get stuck into a creative craft hobby like art, DIY, gardening or needlepoint.
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