Do you find that you are constantly fighting to keep your energy costs down, and always unpleasantly surprised when your bills hit your mailbox? Don’t panic! There are numerous ways to reduce your energy consumption quickly and easily with minimal effort.
Windows: Open, Close, Save
It’s understandable that you want to flood your home with natural light, however have you ever thought about all the heat and energy that escapes through your windows?
Window Tinting is an excellent option if you’re looking to cut your energy costs – it’ll allow light to flow in without damaging your furnishings or creating an unpleasant glare. It will also ensure that your interior spaces stay cooler in the Summer, reducing your air conditioning requirements significantly.
Insulating Your Home: How the Right Insulation Can Save You Money
Whatever the weather, you want your home to be comfortable – warm enough in the winter and cool enough in the summer. However, you also want to make sure that you don’t end up with heating and electricity bills that quite literally go through the roof.
Ensure that your home is insulated properly. The key principal of insulation is that it acts as a barrier to heat loss and gain so getting the right insulation in your roof, walls and floors are essential for maximising the efficiency of your temperature control systems.
You can save up to 40 % on your heating and cooling bills by having the right insulation.
Solar Energy: Use the Sun’s Energy To Reduce Your Energy Usage
Australia’s climate is envied throughout the world and it’s fair to say that most parts of the country get a significant amount of sunshine. So why not harness the energy from the sun rather than relying on other more expensive methods of fuelling your home?
Installing PV solar panels on your roof or exterior space can lead to huge reductions in your heating and hot water bills, and the panels themselves require relatively little maintenance. It’s also worth checking to see what government grants and rebates you may be able to receive.
The Other Stuff
Keep It Chilled?
If you go away, aim to empty your fridge and freezer in order to be able to switch them off. Did you know that refrigeration can account for up to 20% of your total energy use? When you are at home, monitor the temperature regularly and always check if you can reduce it to an appropriate level.
The Right Appliance
If you’re purchasing a new appliance – such as a washing machine, dishwasher or dryer, always check the energy efficiency rating. You can save a huge amount by buying the most energy efficient model.
Draught Proof Your Home
Do you feel a slight draught around the windows and doors of your home? Just think that if you can feel cool air coming in, the chances are that warm air is also escaping. There are many methods of draught proofing, a lot of which you can do yourself for minimal cost.
Many of us have become used to constantly having electronic devices that are either left on 24/7 or permanently on standby mode. Not only is this potentially damaging to the device, it also really adds on to your energy consumption each month. Switch charging devices off when not in use and turn plug sockets off.