- Unplug your appliances when they’re not in use:
From TVs to computers; and from microwaves to washing machines – many of your appliances may have a standby mode even when they are ‘switched off’. To minimise electricity consumption, you should consider turning off your appliance from the power point when not in use.
- Appliance size is just as important as good energy ratings:
Energy efficiency stars are a good indicator of an appliances’ energy saving abilities. However, it is not the only indicator. Whilst a larger sized appliance may have more stars – the energy efficiency is proportionate to its size. For example, smaller washing machine with lower ratings might be more energy efficient if you don’t need the extra size and capabilities of a bigger machine.
- Choose an energy efficient fridge
Often dubbed the ‘heart’ of the house – the fridge/freezer is the only appliance that runs 24/7, at all times during the year. Whilst all new fridges in Australia must have a Minimum Energy Performance Standard (MEPS) – similarly to the note above, ensure that you also check that the size and energy ratings are right for you.
- Give your fridge a holiday
The temptation of allowing your fridge to continue running during your time on holiday might be high – but consider clearing out the fridge and freezer during your trip and turning it on once you are back at home.
- Insulate your roof/ceiling
This will help keep your home at a reasonable temperature in summer and winter – saving you money on energy bills, and paying for itself over time.
A government energy rating website cited that up to 80% of energy in a warm wash is associated with heating water. Considering the number of times clothes are washed in a week, switching to cold washing could save a significant amount of energy.
- Upgrade and save
Whilst it may seem counterintuitive to saving money, switching your old appliance for a newer one can minimise your energy consumption. Newer appliances have made energy-saving leaps over the years – and are often more efficient than old appliances as well.
Will allow natural light to filter into the house – without adding to your electricity bill.
- Go solar
Switching to solar will allow you to reap the long term benefits of reduced power bills. Your solar panels will allow you to harvest your own energy from the roof – cutting your energy consumption. A battery within the solar panel will save solar energy for later use – and has the potential to offset your power bill if any extra energy is fed back to the power grid.