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Summer Energy Saving Guide

Don't sweat it: Stay cool with our summer energy saving guide

05 Dec 2019
Maria

Maria

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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.

Fridge

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.

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5 Ways to Reduce Winter Energy Usage

10 May 2020

Many of us watch our energy bills creep up during the peak of winter, but a warm home doesn’t have to go hand in hand with a massive power bill. These energy saving tips will help you discover how to save electricity in winter. Try our seasonal winter home energy saving tips and keep your energy bill manageable.

1. Stay old school, where possible

Being able to walk around your home without having to wear a lot of layers or carry a blanket is a wonderful luxury in winter. However, there’s a certain vintage charm to getting warm under a heavy blanket while the air outside your cosy blanket haven is still chilly.

Keeping things old school as much as you can, pulling out thermals, putting on socks, and cuddling up for warmth during a Netflix session, are some of our favourite power saving tips for winter.

Smart Home Devices

2. Go smart

Not the first thing that comes to mind when thinking about how to lower an electricity bill in winter, but smart devices can help you save heaps when it comes to your power bill.

If you use household heating, a programmable smart thermostat can save households up to $180 per year in heating and cooling costs, according to Energy Star. Some of these smart home devices can even be operated from smartphones, for when you just don’t want to leave the warmth of your blanket.

Who would have thought having an awesome home automation setup would bring your energy bill down!

Standby Power

3. Upgrade to energy efficient appliances

Just like choosing smart devices to save power, you can upgrade to energy-efficient appliances to save power too.

In Australia, most household appliances are rated according to their energy efficiency. Since efficient appliances use less electricity, they’re way cheaper to run. Of course, you don’t need to toss out your washing machine, dryer, fridge, microwave, and kettle just to save electricity in winter.

If you have an appliance that’s costing you a lot to run, it might actually save you money in the long run to buy a new, more efficient replacement.

Look up the energy ratings for all your big appliances (and small ones too if you can) and find any that could do with replacing.

4. Switch to energy-efficient light bulbs

Energy-efficient bulbs are a no-brainer when it comes to ways to save money on electricity in winter. In fact, you should use these bulbs throughout the year to keep your electricity bill down, no matter the season.

These efficient bulbs use less power to produce the same amount of light. They also last longer than traditional bulbs.

If you feel like splurging, check out smart bulbs, they can be controlled by your phone as well as being energy efficient, neat! The savings from swapping these bulbs alone aren't massive, but every little bit adds up when you know you’ll spend more power heating your home in winter.

5. Build up the washing pile

There’s no point in chucking on two jumpers and a pair of jeans into the washing machine during winter, how dirty could they really be? Before doing a load of washing or drying make sure you have a full basket.

It’s no secret that the washing machine and dryer chew up the most electricity in your house. Don’t let the chilly season increase your wash load because of the more layers of clothing being added to the basket.

Follow these simple tips on how to save electricity in winter and you should hopefully see some great results during the cold season.

Reducing your energy usage all year long will help you get in the mindset before June even comes around or if you want to be even more prepared for when summer rolls around.

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