Reducing energy consumption
Reducing your energy consumption
One important way to reduce your energy consumption is to choose
energy efficient appliances when you replace old appliances.
However, there are also steps you can take now to reduce your
energy bills at little or no cost.
Heating in winter
- Turn the temperature on the thermostat of your heater or
reverse cycle air conditioner to 18-20°C. Every 1° increase
in temperature can increase the heating component of your energy
bill by up to 15%.
- Install ceiling insulation.
- Close curtains/blinds to minimise heat loss.
- Seal cracks and holes that cause drafts. Drafts can
increase winter heat loss by up to 25%.
- Heat only the areas of the house you are using.
Cooling in summer
- Use fans instead of or with air conditioners.
- Set the thermostat of your air conditioner to 23°C or
higher. Each degree lower can add 10% to the cost of running
an air conditioner.
- Close windows and blinds during the hot parts of the day to
keep the heat out.
- Install ceiling insulation.
Electric hot water systems usually account for about one third
of a household's energy bill.
- Reduce your hot water usage by shortening shower times (a
shower timer may help).
- Installing an energy efficient shower head can halve your hot
- If possible, lower the thermostat on your hot water heater to
60-65°C to reduce costs.
Fridges and freezers typically account for around 14% of a
household's annual electricity bill.
- Use a fridge thermometer to keep an eye on the temperature of
your fridge and freezer. Keeping the refrigerator temperature
lower than necessary wastes power and adds to your power bill.
- Make sure the door seals are clean and the fridge door closes
- Only turn on your second fridge when you really need it.
- Dispense with a second fridge altogether. Go to the energy
rating website - www.energyrating.gov.au
- to calculate how much it is costing to run your second
fridge. Residents in some areas of NSW may be eligible for a
$35 rebate if they have a second fridge taken away (see www.fridgebuyback.com.au).
- Washing with cold water can cut 80% to 90% off running
- Hang clothes outside or on the balcony to dry. Go to the
energy rating website - www.energyrating.gov.au
- to calculate how much it is costing to run your dryer.
Turn TVs, DVDs, VCRs, games consoles, set top boxes, computers,
mobile phone and other chargers off at the power point when not in
use. This can account for up to 10% of your power bill.
Home Power Savings program
If your household is eligible under the NSW Home Power Savings
program, ask for a free home energy assessment, a power saving kit
and expert advice on reducing your energy consumption. See
Many other websites provide advice on saving energy. For
The NSW Government website www.savepower.nsw.gov.au and
Industry and Investment NSW
Reducing energy costs fact sheet
The Energy & Water Ombudsman of NSW (EWON) website http://www.ewon.com.au/
The Federal Government Living Greener website www.LivingGreener.gov.au
The Victorian government website www.resourcesmart.vic.gov.au
Many energy retailers' websites also include tips on energy
saving (click here for links to energy retailers' websites).
For example AGL has an interactive energy advice tool,
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