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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.
Making a few small changes around the home can make a big difference to your energy bill. Use these steps to keep your electricity and gas bills down, without sacrificing comfort.
Step 1: understand your energy use
The first thing to do is to get a better understanding of where you use energy the most. Here’s a snapshot of where the average Australian home uses energy:
Step 2: put a plan in place
Now that you know where most of the home’s energy generally goes, you can put a plan in place. Here are some handy tips to help you save energy around the home.
Heating and cooling
We know that the average Australian home uses about 40%* of its energy on heating and cooling so even small changes to the way you warm and cool your home can lead to some great savings.
Tips for heating
Tips for keeping cool
About 20% of an average home’s energy is spent on hot water. Use these hot tips and save.
Tips for washing your clothes
Tips for washing your dishes
Did you know about 6%* of the average home’s energy bill comes from lighting?
Some bright ideas
Appliances can contribute to about 23%* of an average home’s energy bill. Here are some tips to saving in the kitchen.
As a rule, cooking with gas is the most energy efficient way to cook, but if that’s not an option, try these simple ideas:
Big or small, no matter how much you spend, these tips are designed to give you an idea of how investing in energy efficient items can help to reduce your energy bills over time.
Your Home, Heating and Cooling
Projected average home energy use in 2012 www.yourhome.gov.au/energy
Actual energy used for your individual electronics, while in standby mode, may vary. Estimated power on standby has been sourced from www.yourhome.gov.au/energy/home-entertainment-and-office-equipment (Commonwealth of Australia, Department of the Environment and Energy 2016)