1. On hot summer days, cook with the BBQ or microwave.
2. Going on a holiday? Turn your hot water system so it is not wasting energy and your money maintaining it’s set thermostat temperatures.
3. To save money on your energy bill you need to understand the various electricity tariffs charged by your service provider, including the substantial savings you can obtain by taking advantage of off-peak tariffs.
4. Rather than leaving appliances of standby, turn them off. Stand-by power can account for up to 9% of your power bill, and really is just a waste of money and electricity.
5. Defrost your freezer regularly. It won’t have to work as hard, saving you money.
6. Regularly check the seals on your fridge and freezer to ensure cold air is not escaping (and causing the appliance to work overtime)
7. Make use of energy saving power boards.
8. To ensure your air-conditioning unit is running efficiently, clean the filter pads regularly.
9. Rediscover the pressure cooker. A pressure cooker uses about 25% less energy than other cooking methods.
10. Hang your washing outside instead of using the dryer. Using a clothes drier for just 20 minutes a day wastes about 596 kWh of power a year.
11. Save 10% of your air-conditioning bill by increasing the temperature by just one degree.
12. Connect your hot water system to an off-peak tariff. Because hot water systems don’t need electricity all day, this is a simple way to save money – and you could save up to 60% of your costs, or around $300 a year! You might also be eligible for a rebate.
13. An energy efficient pool pump is up to 80 per cent more energy efficient than older pool pump models. You could save up to $300 on your running costs per year.
14. Turning off unused appliances at the power point will save you up to 800 kWh of electricity per year. So turn off the toaster, hairdryer, radio and other appliances that are not being used and cash in!
15. If you have a second fridge, assess whether it needs to be on all the time.
16. If you must use the dryer, make sure you clean the lint filter after each load.
17. Insulate your ceiling to make your home cooler in summer and warmer in winter. This will save on heating and cooling costs.
18. Turn off the lights when you leave the room. A simple action that saves money.
19. Check your hot water system’s thermostat is not set too high. How will you know? You are constantly adding cold water to the hot.
20. Switch to fluorescent light bulbs, which use 20% of the power that halogen globes do, plus they last longer.
21. Using a heater or air-conditioner? Close the curtains over large glass areas and close the doors to areas of the house that are not being used.