Here are some helpful tips that will enable you to start reducing your energy consumption and save money on your electricity bill. By the way, your home will also be warmer and healthier.
Windows and Doors
- Draw curtains as the sun sets - to keep the day's heat in;
- Consider DIY insulation kits - can cut heat loss through windows by half;
- Stop draughts - ensure windows and doors fit their frames.
- Turn your heaters off when you don't need them;
- Set your heater thermostat - ideal is between 18 to 20 degrees Celsius;
- Use a heater directly in the room you want to heat - don't forget to shut the doors.
- Fix any leaking or broken pipes, clear and repair broken gutters - this will prevent mould from forming in your home;
- Lay down a vapour ground barrier;
- Clear vents - this helps to remove damp air from underneath your home.
- Cooking, showering and washing - install extractor fans to remove moisture;
- Dry clothes outside - to avoid moisture;
- Avoid unflued gas heaters - these release toxic fumes and make your home damp.
- Turn lights off when you're not using them;
- Replace incandescent light bulbs - with energy efficient LEDs and save $100, or more on electricity, per year.
- Use and efficient shower head - this will enable you to use less hot water;
- Reduce shower time - taking a 15 minute shower can cost $1, taking a 5 minute shower can cost 33c. Aim to reduce each shower by 10 minutes to save $900, per year;
- Wash your clothes in cold water.
- Standby power - turn off TVs, stereos, game consoles and computer equipment at the wall and save money;
- Heated towel rails - purchase timers and use enough power to heat your towel, rather than have them on 24-7-365 days a year.