Higher temperatures over the summer months don't have to result in a higher energy bill. Keep cool and reduce your power bill with these simple summer energy saving tips.
go cold turkey
When it comes to laundry, we all know hot water washes use a significant amount of more energy than cold ones. For a simple solution, try pre-treating stains and wash your clothes using a cold wash cycle.
This one's a no brainer, but always remember to wait until you've got enough dirty clothes to make up a full load, as half loads use almost as much power as what a full load does.
In terms of cleaning dishes, rinse them with cold water instead of blasting them hot water. If you're in a house that relies on a dishwasher, try stopping your dishwasher before the heat drying setting kicks in, open the door and let the dishes dry on their own. Voila!
For those of you who are game, try reducing your daily shower time, or give cold showers a chance, as this can lead to some significant reductions in your energy consumption over a three-four month period.
care for your air con
Air con filters are like belly buttons; fluff and lint gets in and you need to clean it out to ensure there's no build-up. A dirty filter has to work harder to cool things down, and that uses more energy.
Save electricity by giving your air conditioner a once over with a maintenance service to keep it in tip-top working order.
an open and shut case - fresh air & sunlight
Open windows, curtains and blinds to let natural sunlight and cool fresh air in, close them to keep hot air and direct sun rays out, this way you'll be able to leave the lights and air-con off. Now that’s energy-efficient!
join the fan club
Become a fan of a fan. Unlike air con, fans don’t cool the air, they move it around and generally use a whole lot less energy as long as you invest in a fan that has a reasonable energy efficiency rating.
line dry washing
Don’t air out your dirty laundry. Air dry your clean stuff. Nothing beats free energy from the sun. Skip the dryer, grab some pegs and head to the clothesline. Just check the weather, as we’ve all done the mad dash to the line when it starts raining.
clean out your fridge
Ew. Mouldy leftovers at the back of the fridge? Liquefied lettuce at the bottom of the crisper? A jar with an expiry date from two years ago? The end of the year provides the perfect opportunity to let go of old food that's been chilling in the fridge.
Check and chuck out all unwanted food and make a mental note not to buy more than you’re going to consume. You’ll lower the energy needed to power your fridge, as well as lowering your grocery bill.
small changes make a difference
Don’t fall into the trap of thinking you'll only spend more money on your power bill during the colder winter months. Summer definitely has the potential to blow out your energy bill just as much, if not more than your winter bill if you're not smart with your energy consumption.
Combine these tips to create an energy-saving strategy, as all it takes are a few small changes to see a huge difference when you take into account our summer weather conditions span four-five months rather than a traditional three.