With the ever increasing popularity to not only preserve our natural resources, but also to conserve energy, there is a raised interest at an individual level to discover the best ways to save power. Halcol Energy have looked into how households in Australia can reduce their energy consumption, so you can not only have a positive impact on the global environment, but also save money in the process.
Unplug your washing machine, microwave, computer and TV when not in use, as the majority of appliances have a stand-by mode, which uses power even when on stand-by mode. Choose an energy efficient fridge and freezer because as they work continuously, their energy consumption soon adds up. All new fridges must now meet MEPS (Minimum Energy Performance Standards), so when choosing your new appliances, opt for the more energy rating stars the better, but of course, always consider the size of the appliance too.
2. Heating and Cooling
Your home provides many opportunities to conserve energy but one of the major factors to consider is the insulation of your roof or ceiling, to ensure a pleasant temperature whatever the season. This will save you money on your energy costs over a short period of time. Draught-proof your windows and doors by fitting window seals or draught excluders which can be bought for little cost and ensure the heat is kept out and your air con is kept in. Ensure that all external windows and doors are closed when running your air conditioner or heating and look for units with programmable thermostat and timer controls for the maximum operating efficiency. Try adjusting your heating down by just 1 degree, to give you a reduction of around 10% in energy costs.
The labelling scheme for water efficiency, WELS, allows you to opt for more water efficient products and appliances, such as showers, toilets, washing machines and dishwashers – the more stars the better. You could also make a saving of around $115 annually, by using cold water to wash your clothing. Wait until you have a full load of washing, and select the shortest appropriate cycle on your machine.
A cheap and simple way to make cost effective savings is to switch to good quality, light emitting diode (LED) lighting globes to make a reduction in the 8-15% average Australian household electricity budget.
5. Green Power
The 14 tonnes of greenhouse gases that are emitted each year by just one household, contribute to global warming and climate change. Half of this production is from electricity generation. One relatively cheap and simple way we can all effect a huge difference, is to switch our electricity production to “Green Power”. This means that rather than using coal to generate power, we use clean, renewable sources such as water, waste power, wind, and of course solar power.
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