Thursday, May 24, 2012
Saving energy = saving money
Winter is always a time when energy costs go through the roof. Home heating and long hot showers can bump up your bill by hundreds of dollars.
Check out our simple tips to help you reduce energy consumption during the cooler months.
Better for the environment and better for your pocket.
Turn the temperature on the thermostat of your heater or reverse cycle air conditioner to 18-20°C. Every 1° increase in temperature can increase the heating component of your energy bill by up to 15%.
Insulate your ceilings and walls.
Close curtains/blinds to minimise heat loss.
Seal cracks and holes that cause drafts. Drafts can increase winter heat loss by up to 25%.
Heat only the areas of the house you are using.
Hot water accounts for about 30% of your energy bill so it makes sense to reduce your hot water usage by shortening shower times and install an energy efficient shower head which can halve your hot water usage.