Our 11 top tips to save energy in a share house

4 December 2018

Living in a share house can make friends and memories for life – but keeping electricity and gas costs down in a house of three, four or more can be a little tricky when you’re still trying to have fun. We’ve got a few hot tips to help you keep the costs down and the good times high.

Written by Vanessa Murray & Rebecca Flage

Start hanging out (your clothes)

We all know how tempting a clothes dryer can be on those chilly, rainy, and lazy days. However, they are hungry for power.  According to energyrating.gov.au, one cycle of a 6kg dryer can cost over $1.70. Here’s some simple things you can do instead:

  • If it’s nice out, hang it out!
  • During winter, dry your clothes in a heated room. This will keep you warm and your washing dry.
  • Another tip for the laundry: keep it chill! Use cold water to wash your clothes - hot water systems need lots of power to heat.

Sharing is caring – and saving

Share housing isn’t always easy with different personalities and busy schedules. It’s important to spend quality time with your live-in family, and gathering around food is a great idea to keep the good energy flowing in your home.

  • Communal meals a few times a week can help keep cooking and food costs down in a share house. It’s a great excuse to get together and will save you from cooking every night.
  • Suns out, snags out! What is summer without a BBQ? These can also be great ways to save money on food and on your power bill. Throw together some salads, invite the crew, and light the barbie.
  • A family that grows together, grows together. Minimise your impact as house by starting a veggie garden. Getting your hands dirty is fun and this can be really rewarding as well as save on your shopping bills.

Heating a home with the bare necessities

Heating and cooling can be a drainer on the bills, so let’s bring it back to the basics:

  • Netflix and chill/warm up. Heat and cool communal areas, like the loungeroom, rather than all using a different heater or fan in your individual bedrooms. A great excuse to binge watch your faves!
  • Get cosy! In winter, use blankets, heat packs, wheat bags, and hot water bottles instead of running the heating all the time.
  • Set the aircon to 24°C in the summer time. Did you know that each degree under 24°C uses 5% more energy?
  • We are also big fans of fans. Using fans instead of an airconditioner can save you up to $200 a year – that's not nothing.
  • Winter or summer, heating and cooling is the largest consumer of energy in the average Australian household.  Get smart with these tips for energy efficiency.
  • Be conscious about what energy your appliances use – check out our ultimate appliance energy guide.

Saving cash is one of the pros of living in share house, and being aware of what your home uses can help you do that. Follow our tips, compare energy plans, and make the most out of time with your mates – and your money. 

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