Save on outdoor energy costs

When we’re searching for ways to reduce costs, it’s easy to look around the house to see where we can save energy. But don’t forget to check outside for some quick ways to reduce your energy consumption.

With 1.2 million private pools, Australia has the highest pool ownership per capita in the world – and around 20,000 new pools are installed each year.1

Origin’s Energy Expert Anne Armansin says; “What many people don’t realise is that in a household with a swimming pool, the pump-unit can be the largest single user of electricity in a household, perhaps more than the electric water heater. Pool filters can be responsible for about 16 percent of a household’s electricity consumption.”

“The cooler months when pools are not used as much are the ideal time to cut back on the amount of hours the filtration system runs for.”

“There are also a few simple and cost effective changes that can be made to your outdoor lighting systems to make them more energy efficiency,” says Anne.   


Pool maintenance tips

Use a timer

Install a timer to turn the pool filter on and off automatically.

Cut the pool pump

Cut the time you use the pool pump from eight hours to four hours a day during the Autumn months and you could save about $100 on your energy bill.2

Cover it up

Install a pool cover. Up to 200 litres of water per day can be lost through evaporation and by using a cover you can reduce water waste by up to 80 percent.3

Swap to LED lights

Replace your pool lights with energy efficient products. By swapping a permaflood globe with LED lights, you can save up to about 88 percent in pool lighting costs over a year.4


There are also a few simple and cost effective changes that can be made to your outdoor lighting systems to make them more energy efficiency.


Outdoor and garden lighting tips

Motion sensors

Check light levels on motion sensors so that they only activate after sunset.

Match timers with the season

Consider the winter months ahead and increase hours for timers that turn your path lights on at a specified time. 

Clean the bulbs

Clean exposed outdoor bulbs every three months to remove any dirt and pollen. If bulbs are dirty the light efficiency dramatically decreases.

Choose LED

When choosing sensor spotlights consider installing LED low voltage units. Benefits include extremely low energy consumption and longer expected life compared to halogen low voltage and incandescent units. Replacing old sensor spot halogen bulbs with LED lights can save a whopping 96 percent of household energy consumption each year.5


Anne also recommends that households watch their use of outdoor tools. “Autumn is a great time to get out into the garden and now many of us use an electric mower, edger, hedger, blower, vacuum, shredder, high water pressure cleaner and a garden vacuum. Be aware that a full day of outdoor tool action can cost you about $10and we suggest avid ‘toolies’ include the running costs of these handy items when reviewing energy budgets,” advised Anne.7

Before the colder weather drives you indoors, make sure you inspect all outdoor electrical installations to ensure they are in a safe, working order and remove any plant growth or obstructions that may impede airflow, clear line of sight or solar generation.”

References

  1. News.com.au, ‘Swimming pools add value to homes, as long as they tick the boxes’, published 17 February 2014.
  2. Based on 92 days @ $0.28 /kWh – average peak domestic pricing December 2014 inclusive of GST exclusive of supply charges.
  3. Scenic Rim Council, water conservation, Scenic Rim Council. 
  4. Based on 150 Watt permaflood globe lights and 18 Watt LED lights.
  5. Scenic Rim Council, water conservation, Scenic Rim Council. 
  6. Based on 60 Watt Halogen bulbs and 2 Watt LED G9 lights.
  7. Based on using the average size of listed appliances for two hours each – average peak domestic pricing December 2014 inclusive of GST exclusive of supply charges.

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