How to save
energy when transitioning
As the chilly winds give way to the warm Australian sun, it's time to prepare for the blissful heat ahead while maintaining energy efficiency at home. Here, we uncover savvy energy saving tips and tricks that can help you cut back on those energy bills and boost your planet-friendly credentials during this seasonal transition.
Give your air con some TLC
Over time, dust and debris can clog up your air conditioner's filters and vents. The result? A sluggish system that works harder to keep you cool–and more dust and allergens floating about. The start of spring is the optimal time to clean your air con filter, so it performs optimally through the season.
To clean your air conditioner, remove the filter and give it a vacuum outside before washing it in warm, mild soapy water. Allow it to dry before placing it back in the unit. Always read the manufacturer’s instructions and if you’re unsure, consider seeking an experienced professional to clean your air con.
Switch your bedding
As the warmer months roll around , it’s time to pack away thicker doonas and bring out a lighter one for a comfortable and cost-efficient sleep. While your winter blanket’s TOG (Thermal Overall Grade) rating will likely be between 7 and 9, a lightweight doona between 2 and 3 is perfect for warmer weather. Don’t forget to swap those woolly or heavy doona covers for cotton or linen ones too. These breathable fabrics will be cooler on your skin, helping you keep your overnight air conditioning costs at a minimum.
Let there be (natural) light!
When the sun's shining and the days are longer, it's time to make the most of that glorious natural light pouring into your home. Throw those curtains or blinds wide open, allowing natural light to flood in and brighten up your space without switching on a single light bulb. Rearrange your couch, tables and cabinets away from windows so it doesn’t block the sunlight’s path. Don’t forget to trim any overgrown trees or shrubs outside your windows that may be blocking light.
Switch to no-cook meals
Switching to cold meals that require little-to-no cooking will help save on cooking costs. Think, crisp and refreshing salads filled with leafy greens, juicy tomatoes and crunchy cucumbers, or tasty seafood that doesn’t require cooking as the fish “cooks” in citrus juice. For a no-cook lunch that'll leave you satisfied and energised, embrace the versatility of wraps and roll up your favourite fresh veggies, lean meats and tasty sauces.
- Remove and clean your air con filter at the start of spring so it runs efficiently for the coming season.
- Swap your heavier doona for a lighter one to stay cool and comfortable while you sleep.
- Keep blinds and windows open and rearrange furniture to allow as much natural light as possible into your home.
- Use your BBQ to save on oven costs.
- Switch to fresh salads, wraps and dishes that require little-to-no cooking.
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Disclaimer: These Energy Savings tips and articles are for information purposes only. Please ensure you are aware of any safety precautions before operating appliances or products.