Saving energy

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Saving energy saves you money and reduces your impact on the environment.

There are many simple and inexpensive ways you can save energy.  Start by targeting the areas in your home that use the most energy. Around 70% of all the energy you use is from home heating, hot water, air-conditioning and refrigeration.

Heating

  • Don’t pay for heating you don’t need - heat your rooms to around 20 degrees
  • Keep the heat you pay for inside the home – seal draughts and cover windows
  • Don’t pay to heat rooms you’re not using - close doors to unused rooms
  • Turn your heater off overnight or when going out

Cooling

  • Use low cost cooling – use a fan
  • Keep your house cool naturally – shade  windows on the outside of the glass
  • Don’t pay for cooling you don’t need - cool rooms to around 26 degrees
  • Turn your air-conditioner off when going out

Hot water

  • Use a water saving shower head
  • Try to keep your showers to around 5 minutes or less
  • Wash your clothes in cold water

Refrigeration

  • Food stays fresh in a fridge at 3 to 5 degrees, colder temperatures cost more
  • Food stays fresh in a freezer at -15 to -18 degrees
  • Fridges and freezers will cost less if kept cool away from the sun or heaters
  • Turn off second fridges or freezers when you don’t need them

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