When it gets really chilly, use a heated electric throw instead of a portable heater – it’ll keep you cosy and you could save.
Based on using a 150 watt heated throw rug at a maximum setting of 20℃ instead of a 1,000 watt portable heater for 5 hours a day on days with lows of 12℃ or lower.
Use your air conditioner for an hour less on hot days.
Based on a 7.5 kW capacity air conditioner (2.3 kW input) used for 5 hours with the thermostat set at 24℃ on days with temperatures over 28℃.
Use your ceiling fans instead of air con on days with maximum temperatures between 28℃ and 30℃.
Based on using a 65 watt ceiling fan for 10 hours a day, compared to a 7.1 kW capacity air conditioner (2.3 kW input) with the thermostat set at 24℃ for 5 hours a day on days with temperatures between 28℃ and 30℃.
Set some ground rules – try using your air conditioner to cool only when the temperature is due to go over 30℃ instead of 28℃.
Based on a 7.1 kW capacity air conditioner (2.3 kW input) with the thermostat set at 24℃, used for 5 hrs/day on days with highs of 30℃ or more.
Halve your shower time from 8 minutes to 4.
Based on 20L cont flow gas hot water (ACT and VIC) and elec peak supply (SA QLD NSW) showering for 4 mins instead of 8 mins twice a day using an energy efficient shower fitting (7 L/min flow) over 90-per day summer quarter (Nov-Jan).
Replace your standard shower-head with a 3-star water-efficient shower-head.
Based on gas hot water (ACT and VIC) and 250L mains pressure storage elec off-peak supply (SA QLD NSW) with annual savings in a medium sized household (4 people using 90 MJ/day).
Turn off your hot water system, or change it to ‘vacation’ mode, when you go on holiday.
Based on a 135 litre gas hot water unit (ACT and VIC) and 250L mains pressure storage elec off-peak supply (SA QLD NSW) at rest for 2 weeks vs. maximum daily heat losses according to AS 4552.
Switch on to switching off
Switch off your TV, soundbar and game console when you’re not using them.
Based on ave 65" LCD (LED) TV (using 0.36 watts on standby), soundbar (using 1. W on standby) and game console (using 15.7 watts on standby) on standby for 21 hours a day.
Make your home office work harder
Remember to turn off your home office equipment (e.g. desktop computer, modem and printer).
Based on a desktop computer (using 3.5 watts on standby) and ADSL wireless modem (using 8.3 watts on standby) on standby for 20 hours a day and a laser printer (using 8.8 watts on standby) on standby for 23 hours a day.
Wash your clothes in cold water.
Based on a 7kg capacity top load washer, once a day, on a normal program with cold water (20℃) compared to warm water (40℃).
Dry your clothes on a washing line or clothes rack – it uses no energy at all. Do this once a week, instead of using your dryer, and save.
Based on a 7kg auto-sense type dryer, consuming 6 kWh per load, saving 1 load a week each year.
Start using a few lamps with compact fluorescent lightbulbs (CFLs) instead of downlights.
Based on 2 x 15 watt CFLs used instead of 5 x 50 watt halogen downlights for an average of 5 hours a day each year.