Five Simple Ways to save Money & Help the Environment
Making your home energy efficient doesn’t have to break the bank. In fact, it can save you money on your energy bill. Here are five simple ways to save energy:
1. Swap hot water for cold
Hot water is potentially the biggest source of energy use in your home. Just by washing your clothes in cold water you can save $115 per year off your energy bill1. Try to only wash when you have a full load and select the shortest cycle possible.
2. Set the perfect winter temperature
Heating your home in winter can account for 30% of the bill. The magic temperature is between 18 and 20 degrees. Every degree above 20 can add 10% to your heating bill2. Keep curtains closed to keep the heat from escaping through your windows and remember to turn off your heater when you no longer need it.
3. Turn it off at the wall
It’s hard to believe that standby power can equate to 10% of your total energy bill3. A small habit to get into, of switching your appliances off at the wall, can save you money and save the environment. Consider a smart power board to make this even simpler.
4. Efficient cooking
There are heaps of hacks in the kitchen to keep your energy bill down like thawing frozen food in the fridge not the microwave, keeping lids on your pots to reduce cooking time and boiling water in an electric kettle not on the stove. You can even use the excess heat after you finish cooking in the oven to heat up your kitchen by leaving the door open slightly as it cools.
5. Put the spotlight on energy efficiency
One simple way to save on your electricity bill is to make sure your lights are switched off when you’re not in the room. If you only need a little bit of light, try to use spotlights or lamps instead of main lights. Finally, if you haven’t already, change your old light globes to LED lights. LED lights may cost you more upfront but they could save you up to 80% of energy per blub4.
For more tips on how to reduce your energy bills and save money check out the Australian Government’s Your Energy Savings website.
1 & 2. https://www.victorianenergysaver.vic.gov.au/more-ways-to-save/top-10-ways-to-save-energy