Turn your heater off overnight or when you leave the house.
Use fans to circulate hot air. Ceiling fans help push hot air down and can increase the efficiency of your heater.
Set your air conditioner between 24°C and 25°C degrees. Every degree higher can add 10% to your electricity bill.
Replace the air filters in your air conditioner to ensure it runs efficiently – clogged or dirty filters block normal airflow and reduce your air conditioner’s ability to absorb heat. Replacing a dirty filter with a clean one can lower your air conditioner's energy usage by up to 15%.
Close your blinds or curtains (especially on north or west-facing windows) in the daytime to keep the house cool.
Set your fridge to 3-5°C and your freezer to -15°C.
Clean your fridge and freezer seals, replace them if they are damaged.
Dishwasher and washing machine:
Save around $40-$80 a year by using the ‘cold water’ setting on your washing machine.
Only run your dishwasher when it’s full.
Turn your TV and entertainment appliances off at the wall – they’re still using power in standby mode.
Install a ‘standby-killer’ switch or a standby power controller (SPC) to disconnect power to appliances when they’re not being used.
Save up to $160 a year by replacing old showerheads with an energy efficient one.
Take shorter showers.
Fix dripping taps, especially hot water taps.
Insulate hot water pipes from your hot water system into your house.
When using a stovetop, keep lids on pots to reduce cooking time.
Only boil the amount of water you need in the kettle.
Check that your oven door seal is in good condition and replace it if it’s damaged.
Use small appliances where possible, such as the toaster instead of the griller.