While we all look forward to the Australian summer, higher energy bills are always a dread. Whether you’re running your air conditioning more often or using more water to take showers, energy-saving tips can help your pocket and of course, the environment! Check out our top energy saving tips to save power and help prevent power bill shock this summer.
1. Use windows to regulate temperature
If you live in a climate where it cools off at night, be sure to switch off your air conditioner or fan and open your windows while sleeping. When you wake in the morning, shut the windows and blinds to capture the cool air. This ensures you won’t have to turn on the air conditioning straight away.
2. Use less hot water
According to the Department of the Environment and Energy, a fifth of the energy you use goes towards heating water. Try avoiding using hot water for house chores like washing the dishes or doing the laundry. Also, limiting your daily shower time to four minutes could save you up to $28 annually!
3. Use your air conditioner timer
According to Canstar Blue, 69% of Australians believe air conditioning is the largest contributor to their power bills. While it’s certainly true that air conditioners can consume enormous amounts of electricity, it depends on how, and how often, they are used. Be sure to use the timer to turn your unit off as you sleep. It also pays to figure out when the hottest periods of the day occur. Use the timer to activate the unit only during those periods.
4. Take advantage of natural light
The average Australian home uses 6% of its energy to power the lights. Many spend a great deal more than they need to because they use their lights inefficiently. Be sure to take advantage of daylight instead of artificial lighting. You can also use solar lights in your garden, as these gather solar energy during the day for use at night, requiring no external power source.
5. Avoid heating your home with appliances
On hot days, avoid using the oven and instead cook on the stove or a grill outside. You should also consider minimising activities that generate a lot of heat, such as running a computer, running a dishwasher, and using hot devices such as curling irons or hair dryers. Even stereos and televisions will add some heat to your home.
Combine these tips to create a cost-efficient summer energy-saving strategy. It’s simple actions and new habits that will make a difference!