Finding energy efficiencies

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Did you know? A typical household now has around 70 electrical appliances according to Queensland Council of Social Service (QCOSS).

It wasn’t always the case but electricity is an essential service that most households rely on in some way every single day. Whether it’s boiling the jug for your morning coffee, reading an e-book, or putting a load of washing on, most of our households are plugged in – literally – to the power grid. 

The Department of the Environment and Energy states that most of Australia’s energy still relies on traditional sources – non-renewable fossil fuels, with coal and gas accounting for about 85% of electricity generation. Whether you are on or off the grid, fully renewable sourced or somewhere in between, there is something that every household can do... be more energy savvy! Not only does this reduce energy consumption but it can save you money on your power bills – definitely a win-win!

Have a good look at your household energy habits and see how you many you can ‘unplug’.

Below are just a sample of top tips to get you started.

Calculate the savings! 

An energy audit on your household energy use is a simple way to find ways to save. There are lots of simple online calculators to help you out! Some quick wins to reduce your energy use:

  • Set your air-conditioning at 25oC in summer and 18oC in winter.
  • Hang your washing on the line instead of using a dryer.
  • If you have a second fridge and its not frequently in use, switch it off.
Energy ratings are super stars! 

By using more efficient models, you can consume less energy and save money in the long run.

  • More stars means more efficient when compared to other models of the same size.
  • Products are given a rating between 1 and 6 stars – the more starts, the more energy efficient the product is.
  • The rating also provides the energy consumption information – the lower the number of kWh per year the better.
Get the seal of approval!

Seal in the cool or warm air so appliances are not working too hard.

  • Check your fridge and freezer door seals are working effectively. If seals are worn, cold air may be leaking out which makes your fridge work harder and costs you money. 
  • When using your air conditioner, enclose the area by shutting internal doors and ensure windows are closed.
  • Use window and door draft stoppers to seal off any gaps.In summer, close curtains and shade windows during the day to keep heat out.
Get yourself our of hot water! 

Hot water is likely to be one of the biggest sources of energy use in your home. 

  • Wash clothes in cold water cycles and run the washing machine with full loads.
  • Stack the dishwasher to its capacity and only run it when it is full.
  • Fit a low-flow shower head and take shorter showers.

There are so many helpful more resources available to assist you to be more energy savvy in your household.  Check out some of them below.