Don't break a sweat - 10 tips for staying cool
14 Jan 2019
The Aussie summer is heaps of fun but it's usually pretty hot too. Use these 10 tips for staying cool, without spending a fortune on your energy bill.
7 September 2016
Do you run a home office, or maybe you just work from home a few days a week to escape a lengthy commute? More and more Aussies are switching from the corporate office to the living room, so here's some handy tips on managing your energy use at home.
Get things right from the beginning by buying energy-efficient appliances, like computers and monitors that comply with the Minimum Energy Performance Standards (MEPS)2, printers with no/low standby power consumption and even LED light bulbs. When it comes to keeping cool in summer, be sure to use fans instead of turning on the air conditioner. Small changes like these really do make a difference when it comes to lowering your energy bill, so don’t overlook simple solutions from the start.
Buy an energy saving power board for all your work related technology. Connect your main appliance, likely to be your computer, to the ‘master socket’ and then connect other appliances (monitors, printers, charger and lamps) to the ‘slave sockets’. When you turn your computer off, power to the other units shuts down automatically ensuring power is not wasted on appliances that are left on but not being used. If you leave electrical appliances turned on at the wall they will continue to consume energy, so put everything on one power board and make it easy for yourself to flick off one switch at night.
If you work from home a lot you could benefit from Origin's new fixed price energy plan, Predictable Plan. You'll pay a fixed amount for your electricity or natural gas each month for one year (but our Fair Use Policy applies if your usage is excessive or unreasonable).
Authored by Carly Jacobs
Carly is the founding editor of Smaggle which launched in 2007 back when blogging was weird. She has appeared in The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, Cosmopolitan and Cleo magazines. Hoop earrings are totally her thing and she almost got run over by Myf Warhurst while out jogging one day.