Reducing energy use
Everyone can do their bit to reduce energy use and contribute to a cleaner, greener environment. Follow these simple tips to save energy in your home:
- Heat and cool only the rooms you are using and close doors to other rooms
- Ensure that your house has adequate insulation in the ceilings and walls to maximise efficiency of heating and cooling systems
- Open windows in summer to let the afternoon sea breeze cool the house
- Remember to set reverse cycle air conditioner thermostats to 18° – 21°C in winter and 24° – 27°C in summer.
- Wash clothes in cold water instead of hot water
- Choose energy-efficient appliances (especially fridges and freezers) with high Energy Star Ratings
- Adjust your fridge temperature to between 3°C and 5°C and your freezer temperature to between -15°C and -18°C
- Turn off lights when you leave a room
- Choose energy efficient lighting globes such as compact fluorescent lights (CFL) or light emitting diodes (LEDs)
- Turn appliances off at the wall when not in use, otherwise they may still be using power in standby mode
- Consider installing renewable energy such as photovoltaic cells on your home.
To find out how you can save energy in your home, complete the DIY Home Energy Audit.
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