Energy Saving Tips

Today’s comfortable lifestyle means we are surrounded by appliances to make our lives more pleasant. Most of them use electricity, and their combined use can create a hefty bill at the end of the quarter. The best way to offset that is to use solar power. However, you can also combine solar use with other energy saving strategies in various areas of the home:

Living Room and Office 
  1.  Air conditioning systems should be kept at 25 degrees to maintain a comfortable and affordable environment. Ensure the filters are clean and close all doors and windows while the air conditioner is running.
  2. Turn off appliances at the wall when they are not in use, including the home computer and the plasma TV. The Qld Government tells us that stand-by power can amount to 5% of overall consumption.
Laundry
  1.  Choose a front loading washing machine.
  2.  Use shorter wash cycles.
  3.  If you’re using the clothes dryer, fill it – it’s more efficient to dry a full load.
  4. Clean the clothes dryer lint filter after use.
  5. Use the low heat setting on your dryer whenever you can.
  6.  Ventilate the clothes dryer to the outside, especially in hot weather.
  7. Switch to cold water when you’re doing the laundry.
  8. Wash full loads.
Kitchen
  1. Only switch on a full dishwasher and use the economy cycle.
  2. If your dishwasher can generate its own hot water, use this function – it’s more efficient than using water from your hot water system.
  3. Defrost food naturally instead of using the microwave.
  4. Use a microwave or toaster instead of the oven or stovetop whenever you can.
  5. Avoid opening oven doors too often – each time you do the temperature drops by up to 15°C.
  6. Fridges and freezers operate most efficiently when they’re full but not overloaded.
  7. Set your freezer at -18°C and your fridge between 2°C and 5°C for greatest efficiency.
  8. Leave space around the sides and back of your fridge or freezer for air to circulate.
  9. Avoid placing your fridge or freezer next to your oven or stove, or in direct sunlight.
  10. Use cold water for the kettle.