Energy Efficiency & Saving Money
If you’re looking to reduce your carbon footprint, start at home. Saving energy can be as simple as turning off lights, electronics and appliances when you’re not using them. You’ll see the savings add up on your power bills. Modifying your habits could add up to hundreds of dollars of savings every year.
- Turn off appliances you aren’t using at the wall
- Turn off compact fluorescent and LED lights if you won’t use them within 15 minutes
- Change to energy saving light bulbs, they use about 70-90% less energy than traditional incandescent bulbs
- Change the temperature on your hot water to suit the seasons. Lower in summer, higher in winter
- Use power strips to cut power to devices such as TVs, computers and game consoles
- Switch to a programmable thermostat, if possible. The switch can save up to 10 percent on energy bills
- Close the doors to unused rooms to reduce the area you need to cool or heat
- Clean your air conditioner/heater filters regulary
- If your needing to cook something small in the oven look at buying an air fryer, we use ours a few times a week. Things cook quicker & they use much less power
- Set your fridge temperature to 4-5 degrees and your freezer temperature between -15 and -18 degrees Celsius
- Consider solar panels. These have been a game changer for us!
- Consider upgrading old, inefficient appliances. While the upfront costs may seem high, it should save you money in the long term. Dryers are a huge culprit & we avoid using ours unless necessary
That all said I have a confession! Since we moved into our new house we haven't cleaned our reverse cycle ducted air conditioner filter. Truth is iv never had one like this so I didn't really know what to do & it just got left. Today iv pulled it down & disgusted to say the least! I don't think it has been cleaned since the house was build which was a few years ago. So excuse me while I go get it all nice & clean!