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Go green: 10 top tips for an energy-efficient home

Oct 23rd, 2011
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Oct 23rd, 2011

With a few simple changes, you could not only improve your home's energy-efficiency, but also save money on your power bills! See below for some of our top power-saving suggestions.

1. Switch lights off when you leave the room and encourage family member to do the same.

2. Install energy-efficient light bulbs. They use about 75 percent less energy and can last up to eight times longer than standard bulbs.

3. When you're not using appliances like TVs and games consoles, don't just leave them in standby mode — switch them off at the wall. Consider unplugging them when you on holiday to save even more energy.

4. If you're relaxing with the family in the living room, don't waste energy by cooling the whole house. Close all internal doors and vents — you'll save energy and the room will cool more quickly.

5. Heating water requires massive amounts of energy, so for more energy efficient water usage in your home, try taking shorter showers, or washing your clothes on a cool cycle where possible.

6. Take advantage of our beautiful Australian weather and dry your clothes outside rather than using a clothes dryer. If you really need to use the dryer, spin dry your clothes first on the highest spin setting available.

7. Your fridge can be one of the biggest power consumers in your home, and the larger it is, the more energy it uses. Make sure you're using the right size fridge for your needs, and if you're looking to buy a new one, choose one with a good energy efficiency rating.

8. When cooking, avoid opening oven doors too often. Each time you do so, the temperature drops by as much as 15°C, prolonging cooking time.

9. Use the economy cycle on your dishwasher, and only switch it on when it's full.

10. Keep your air-conditioning system working efficiently by changing the filters regularly and keeping the vents clean. Dirty filters will force your unit to work harder to keep your home cool.



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