Energy Saving Tips

Simple ways to save energy and money

Living Room

  • You can potentially save upto 10% on your heating and cooling costs by installing a "programmable thermostat" and set the temperature between 20 degrees (summer) and 26 degrees (winter).
  • Make good use of your blinds and curtains. Keep them closed in summer, to keep your home cool and block out the sun. Do exactly the opposite during winter to heat your home, naturally.
  • Make it a habit to turn off all switches and lights when leaving a room. Use energy efficient LED (light emitting diode) or CFL (compact fluorescent lighting) or halogens avoiding old-fashioned incandescents. For lighting up large spaces, use tubes with motion sensors to reduce consumption.
  • Try to connect all electronic gadgets like tvs, dvd players, computers, stereos and game consoles from a single source like a "power board", which can help turn off multiple items at once. Many appliances tend to drain power even on standby.
  • Clean or change filters regularly. Clogged or choked filters put pressure on your hardware and prevent optimum performance. Preferably, use a reverse cycle- air-conditioning system – both cools and heats.
  • Insulate all areas properly. Seal leaks, gaps, and cracks on walls, ceilings and floors and draft proof your home to potentially save up to 20% on your heating and cooling bills for a more comfortable home.
  • Set-up and follow a strict maintenance schedule. Good hardware always saves you more. Replace old gadgets with newer cost effective versions – which use upto 70%less energy than their older cousins.
  • Look for the energy star label, the government's symbol of energy efficiency, on a wide range of consumer products to potentially save up to 30% on running costs.

We recommend you switch over to a carbon neutral energy provider to further reduce costs and negate damages to the environment.Using natural gas (if available in your neighbourhood) is a very good option

For more information & a clear understanding of energy rating and stars, click here

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Bed Room / Study

  • You can potentially save upto 10% on your heating and cooling costs by installing a "programmable thermostat" and set the temperature between 20 degrees (summer) and 26 degrees (winter).
  • Make good use of your blinds and curtains. Keep them closed in summer, to keep your home cool and block out the sun. Do exactly the opposite during winter to heat your home, naturally.
  • Make it a habit to turn off all switches and lights when leaving a room. Use energy efficient LED (light emitting diode) or CFL (compact fluorescent lighting) or halogens avoiding old-fashioned incandescents. For lighting up large spaces, use tubes with motion sensors to reduce consumption.
  • Clean or change filters regularly. Clogged or choked filters put pressure on your hardware and prevent optimum performance. Preferably, use a reverse cycle-air-conditioning system – both cools and heats.
  • Insulate all areas properly. Seal leaks, gaps, and cracks on walls, ceilings and floors and draft proof your home to potentially save up to 20% on your heating and cooling bills for a more comfortable home.
  • Use the option of an additional blanket, quilt, or electronic blanket over choosing to heat your entire bedroom. You can also consider a hot water bottle or wheat bag as options.
  • Keep rooms you're not using, shut, and close them off fully. They will trap heat in winter and retain a cool ambience in summer. This will save the need for additional energy.
  • Zone your ducted heating or cooling system, to heat/cool the living areas during the day and bedrooms at night. Make sure to close the doors to rooms you're not using so the heat/cold stays in to make the room comfortable.

We recommend you switch over to a carbon neutral energy provider to further reduce costs and negate damages to the environment.Using natural gas (if available in your neighbourhood) is a very good option

For more information & a clear understanding of energy rating and stars, click here

For more information on endorsement labels, click here

Bathroom / Laundry

  • Remember to properly switch-on and off, gadgets like hairdryers, electric toothbrushes, shavers, electronic storage and water heating systems and radios at the wall. This reduces consumption, as many appliances tend to drain power even on standby.
  • Try and use low flow faucets and preferably atleast a 3 star rated showerhead to cut hot water consumption by half and save on both electricity and water bills. If you can, use a bucket and mug, it'll help save lots on water bills.
  • Take shorter showers of 5 minutes or less while maintaining an ideal hot water temperature of 50 degrees. Heated towel rails can set you back by $200 in a year, they're best avoided.
  • To avoid wasting hot water in the cooling pipe leave your mixer tap in the cold position. Fix dripping taps, leaking faucets and faulty pipelines' for better energy conservation and distribution.
  • Run washing machines on full loads and adjust water levels for partial loads. Ensure that you spin thoroughly on the highest cycles before drying. This applies to clothes dryers as well. Front loading machines with 1300 rpm or more are recommended.
  • Use 4 star rated equipment with auto sensors that cut off power immediately when it's work is finished. This saves auxiliary power drain. Maintain your for equipment for optimal performance at lower costs.
  • Avoid hot water washes unless absolutely necessary. Run cold wash loads. In-fact leading apparel/clothing brands/labels recommend cold washes to conserve energy and keep fabrics lasting longer
  • Substitute your dryer with a clothesline where possible. Wring out your clothes well and run your dryer on full loads. Avoid placing dripping wet clothes in the dryer. Ensure clean inlet - outlet pipes and a clean lint filter.
  • Do your ironing in big batches. This stops you wasting energy every time you reheat the iron. It's a notorious energy guzzler and a big culprit for increased energy bills.
  • Look for the energy star label, the government's symbol of energy efficiency, on a wide range of consumer products to potentially save up to 30% on running costs

We recommend you switch over to a carbon neutral energy provider to further reduce costs and negate damages to the environment.Using natural gas (if available in your neighbourhood) is a very good option

For more information & a clear understanding of energy rating and stars, click here

For more information on endorsement labels, click here

Kitchen

  • Try & stick to the energy star label, the government's symbol of energy efficiency, on a wide range of consumer products to potentially save up to 30% on running costs
  • Substitute your stove with an electric kettle where possible, you'll end up with additional savings.
  • Avoid using a combination of electronic gadgets like toasters, mixers, juicers, shredders, hand blenders, sandwichmakers, electronic grills, and fryers together in the kitchen and try sticking to manual alternatives, it'll helps save lots.
  • When cooking ensure that lids are kept on pots, pans and other utensils. Food cooks faster and the amount of time and energy used is reduced.
  • When cooking, set your oven to fan forced - it cooks quicker and more evenly than conventional settings.
  • Try and set up a constant temperature on your fridge in between 3°c and 5°c, and the freezer to somewhere between -15°c and -18°c. Around 5% more energy is consumed with each degree lower than that. Ensure that you fridge is not stuffed or crowded – it puts a strain on the cooling system considering its potentially the most expensive gadget in your house running 24x7x365
  • If you have a second fridge for beer or condiment storage, use it only when needed and switch off when not in use, it will lower your costs.
  • Check for the proper sealing of your fridge door by placing a strip of paper between the door and fridge. Good if it stays firm, time to reseal if it pulls out easily.
  • Run your dishwasher on full loads using the economy cycle for everyday washing. It helps conserve water and save on water bills. Maintain and service your equipment and replace with newer cost effective versions – which use much lesser energy than their earlier counterparts.
  • Have a free standby power controller installed to save money and electricity. Standby power controllers automatically cut off power to your electronic devices when you switch them to stand-by mode

We recommend you switch over to a carbon neutral energy provider to further reduce costs and negate damages to the environment.Using natural gas (if available in your neighbourhood) is a very good option

For more information & a clear understanding of energy rating and stars, click here

For more information on endorsement labels, click here

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