Energy Saving Tips

Saving energy is important to the environment, the country and your budget. For a comprehensive list of ways to save energy, we recommend visiting the Australian Government's energy website for energy basics for householders.

Heating

  • Set your temperature to a maximum of 20 degrees Celsius. Controlling your maximum temperature will help to minimize your costs.
  • Use the thermostat on your heating system to ensure that the appliance switches off when it has reached the required temperature
  • Use the timer on your heating system to control when the heater in running and to only use it when you want it
  • Service your product regularly to ensure that it is running efficiently
  • Use zoning on your ducted heating system to only heat the rooms as required.
  • Install room-by-room control settings to heat rooms and different temperatures and to not waste unwanted heat.
  • Buy thicker curtains for the winter to keep heat in
  • Instead of turning the heater on, consider using an extra layer of clothing or more blankets
  • Use more blankets and doonas during the winter period to lessen the need for more heat
  • Ensure your house has insulation and any door drafts are minimised
  • Use rugs on floorboards or tiled floors
  • Install a remote so you can control the temperature of your system easily

Hot Water

  • Wash your clothing in cold rather than warm water
  • Restrict the number of baths you have and utilize showers
  • Have shorter showers and use a shower timer to limit the amount of time the family is in the shower
  • Maintain your hot water system and ensure that it is serviced regularly
  • Only use the water you need when washing dishes
  • Install a remote so you can control the temperature of your system easily
  • Upgrade your old hot water system to a new energy efficient model
  • Immediately repair dripping hot water taps and replace any shower heads with water saving models

Cooking

  • Ensure the flame on your gas cooktop is blue. If it is yellow, you will need a gas fitter to come and fix it
  • Install an energy efficient system that uses electronic spark ignition rather than a continuous burning pilot light
  • Limit the times the oven door is opened whilst cooking and try to cook multiple items at once
  • Don’t preheat the oven if you don’t have to. Gas is instantaneous and sometimes it will not need to be left to heat up
  • Keep ovens and burners clean to ensure that the appliances are running efficiently