Community Tips

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Reduce your power bill

Use power more wisely by following these energy saving tips. Every little thing you do to reduce your power usage will add up to a lot over the course of a year, making it good for the environment as well as your wallet.

Cooling and heating

  • Shut that door! Zone your house by closing doors to unused areas and save on unnecessary heating and cooling.
  • Use curtains and blinds to your advantage. Let winter sunlight in to help warm up rooms and close window coverings at night to keep warmth in. Keep rooms cooler in summer by closing blinds and curtains when the sun is shining directly into the room.
  • Older homes often have large gaps under doors which leads to draughts in winter. A draught excluder is an inexpensive way to block out that cold air.
  • Lock windows. As well as keeping your home more secure, a locked window means a tightly-closed window.
  • Wear extra clothing indoors or put an extra blanket on the bed and break the habit of putting the heater on all winter.
  • Use a fan to keep you cooler in summer. Save the air conditioner for times when you really need it and make sure you keep it serviced and working at optimal performance.
  • Turn off air conditioners and heaters 30 minutes before you leave home and make use of the residual warm/cool air.

Around the home

  • Swap incandescent bulbs for compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) or LED’s. They use much less energy and last longer.
  • Turn lights off in areas that are not in immediate use and use suitable task-lighting (eg reading lamps) instead of lighting whole areas.
  • Switch appliances off at the wall to avoid stand-by power costs. Most stand-by power is wasted energy and is adding to your electricity bill. Anything with a remote control or a clock uses stand-by power.
  • Give your second fridge the flick. Second fridges are often used just to store drinks. Check yours and see if you can just as easily store the contents in your main fridge.

Bathroom and laundry

  • Use cold water in your washing machine. Today’s washing detergents are formulated to work just as well in cold water.
  • Always wait until you have a full load before switching on your washing machine or dishwasher.
  • Clothes dryers are expensive to run, so take the time to line-dry your clothes outside, or find a spot for an indoor clothes line.
  • The cost of heating water is reduced if shower time is shorter. Water-efficient shower heads save power as well as water.