It's Easy To Save Energy, When You Know How
The home energy efficiency program I outlined earlier was accompanied by a broader educational campaign.
The campaign synthesised some of our most pertinent household energy efficiency advice into a short video and educational flyers. It was put together in 2010, but the advice is still as relevant as ever. The marketing material shown below was put together by the agency Banjo with technical input from us.
The program was funded by Integral Energy and TransGrid and included the collaboration of various other groups including The Hills Shire Council and Blacktown City Council.
Here's a quick overview of the content created.
Home Energy Efficiency Tips
8 Low Cost Ways To Save Energy
Tip 1: Take shorter showers
The average shower-head uses around 10 litres of water per minute. Cutting down your shower time by 1 minute will save a large amount of energy (for heating) as well as water. Ideally, use a shower timer and try to keep your shower under 4 minutes.
Tip 2: Wash clothes in cold water
Water heaters are the single biggest energy user in the home. Save energy by washing your clothes in cold water. Changing from a warm wash to a cold wash will typically halve your washing machine's energy requirements.
Please Note: Washing machines and dishwashers don't normally use water directly from your hot water system (they typically heat their own). However, the water heating process still uses the most energy in these appliances, hence the tip to wash in cold water.
Tip 3: Draught-proof doors & windows
Air escaping from heaters or air-conditioners through cracks or gaps can greatly add to your energy bill. Material called ‘caulking’ or ‘weather stripping’ can be purchased from hardware stores to improve the seal made by window and door joins. For the bottom of doors, use draught excluders or door snakes.
Tip 4: Use your air-conditioner wisely
Only use your air-conditioner when necessary. By adjusting the temperature just 1°C (up in summer and down in winter), you can save up to 10% off your heating and cooling costs. Believe it or not, most people find a temperature of 24°C–26°C to be pleasant in summer and 18°C–20°C suitable in winter.
Related Product: Plug-in HeaterMate Thermostat.
Tip 5: Switch off your spare fridge
If your fridge only contains drinks and other non-perishables, install a timer so it's only on when needed. Timer switches can be purchased from supermarkets, hardware or electronics stores. 4°C. Alternatively, consolidate the number of fridges and freezers in your home and you could save over $200 per unit you remove. For more details, contact your local council to see if there are any fridge buyback programs running.
Related Product: Plug-in Power Meters to check your usage.
Tip 6: Check the fridge and freezer temperature
Make sure your fridge isn’t using any unnecessary energy by setting the temperature correctly. To measure the temperature of your fridge, place a thermometer inside and check the temperature after 30 minutes. Set your refrigerator to 4°C and your freezer to -15°C to ensure safe storage of food while minimising energy use.
Related Product: Energy Efficiency Thermometer.
Tip 7: Switch off lights when you go out
Some people think that switching a light on and off for a short time uses more electricity than leaving it on for a longer period. In situations around the home, this theory is not true – so always switch lights off when you leave a room.
Related Products: All types of LED lighting.
Tip 8: Turn appliances off at the wall
Electronic devices like TVs, DVD players and game consoles in standby mode (so you can use the remote) can greatly add to your energy bill. Switch them all off at the wall and you could save over $100 per year. For greater convenience, remote controlled power outlets and other gadgets can be used to cut standby power usage.