Tips to Save Energy at Home

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Saving energy at home isn't hard, but it does take a thoughtful approach and consistency.

Here are 25 tips that can really make a difference:

1. Change your globes to LEDs, they last longer, use less energy than other lights and will never need changing.

2. When boiling the electric jug only boil as much water as you need.

3. Make a big pump action thermos of coffee in the morning instead of boiling the electric jug multiple times throughout the day.

4. When you don't really need your second fridge, turn it off and save up to $200 a year.

5. Up to 10% of your electricity use could be from gadgets on standby, so have a look around your home and turn off all the appliances at the wall, especially televisions, printers, microwaves, etc. and save up to $150 a year.

6. When your phone or computer has finished charging, turn off the charger at the wall.

7. If you have a storage hot water system, adjust the temperature from 80 degrees to 60 degrees, which could save you up to $70 a year, and you won't have to add so much cold water.

8. Before going on holiday turn off your electric storage hot water system, the appliance manual will have instructions. This is especially important in the winter when the hot water system will keep switching on to keep the water hot.

9. During summer and warm weather use the clothesline and try not to use your clothes dryer and save up to $95 per year.

10. Use a clothes airer in winter and if you have a large outside covered patio, stand the airer there instead of using the electric dryer.

11. Reducing washing machine and dishwasher loads by once each week, and only washing with full loads could save up to $50 per year.

12. Two family members reducing their shower time from eight minutes to four minutes could save up to $170 a year on power and reduce the amount of water used. Use a timer when showering.

13. Change the showerheads to low-flow, if your water pressure will allow it.

14. Washing your clothes in cold water can save around $110 per year.

15. In winter, heating can account for over 30% of your bill. Set your thermostat between 18 and 20 degrees. Every degree above 20 can add 10% to your heating bill. Or before turning the heating on wrap a blanket around you, it's quick and cosy. In summer, set your thermostat to 24 degrees or above to save.

16. Have motion sensor lights installed in hallways, toilets and bathrooms, so they are only on when you need them.

17. Install motion sensor lights in your shed, so they are only on when you need them, and they are not left on.

18. Have one light per switch instead of multiple lights on one switch, then you will only switch on the light you really need.

19. When cooking cover the pans with lids to keep the heat in, food will cook in a shorter time.

20. Instead of turning the heater up when it's cold, use a soft blanket to keep warm, or put on extra clothes.

21. When replacing appliances always choose the ones with the highest star rating for energy efficiency.

22. Get out of the habit of switching the television on first thing in the morning or as soon as you arrive home from work. Only turn the television on for programs that you want to watch and then turn it off. Do not leave it on standby.

23. Check the seals on your fridge doors, if you can slip a $5 note between the fridge and the door, you should replace your seals.

24. Set your kids an electricity challenge. Every time they leave lights on, or computer chargers, they are fined 50 cents (or whatever you deem appropriate).

25. Install solar panels - Considering the current cost of grid power, renewables including solar panels over the long term has already proven to be more cost effective and an economical way to provide your business with sustainable power, in some cases with payback within 3 years!