5 winter energy saving tips

19 May 2019

Winter calls for woolly jumpers, hot drinks and nights by the heater. Here are some great energy efficiency tips you can use around the house to stay warm during the cooler months, without spiking your energy bill.

Understanding which appliances use the most energy, is a great starting point when it comes to  lowering your energy bills. Can you guess where the average Australian home uses most of their energy? Could it be the 1950's fridge in the shed? 

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Surprisingly, it's heating and cooling that sucks up to 40%* of household energy usage! Even small changes to the way you heat your home can lead to some great savings, so here are our handy tips on how to keep the cosiness high and the costs low this winter:

  • Only heat the rooms you use most - reduce the area you heat by closing doors to rooms you’re not using. Better still? only heat the communal areas of the house. Not only will you use less energy heating the rest of the rooms, it's a great excuse to get the family together, chill out on the couch and watch your favourite shows.
  • Set the temperature between 18°C and 20°C - every degree you reduce heat can save up to 10% on your energy use.
  • Keep showers short – hot water usage accounts for around 21% of your energy bill, so having shorter showers can result in big savings in the long run.
  • Use a draft stopper - if cold air is getting in, warm air is getting out! Invest in door seals, draft-proofing strips and door snakes to stop heat escaping and reduce your heating costs by up to 25%.
  • Close your curtains - shutting curtains or blinds is an easy way to stop heat escaping, more than 33% of winter heat can leak out through windows.

Whatever the season, the best way to save on your energy bills is to be mindful of the ways you use energy and to make sure you’re on the right plan for your needs.


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