Housing

Energy use around your home

power pointIt is important to know that your energy bills are generally higher in winter because people often take longer showers, have the lights on longer due to shorter daylight hours and use their heaters. By being careful how you use energy in your home you can reduce the likelihood of getting a large energy bill during the colder months of the year.
  • Heaters are one of the biggest energy users in your home, so only use them when necessary. Try an extra layer of clothing to help keep you warm.
  • Think about the running costs when choosing a heater or cooler – portable heaters and coolers can be cheap to buy but expensive to run.
  • Gas heaters are more efficient than electric heaters to operate. While fans are the cheapest and most energy efficient form of cooling.
  • If you have a heater or air conditioner, close doors to keep the warm or cool air where you need it most.
  • Stop cold air from creeping under doors by using door snakes. This will help to reduce the need for heaters in winter.
  • If your heater has a timer, set the timer when you go to bed so your heater isn't running all night long. Never leave heaters unattended.
  • Only switch on lights in the rooms you are using. Getting into the habit of switching off lights when you leave the room will help you save money on your energy bills.
  • Turn off TVs, DVD players, computers, mobile phone chargers etc at the power point. Turning off standby power can save you up to 10% off your energy bill.

Tips for winter warming and summer cooling 

Winter warming Summer cooling
Open windows, doors, blinds and curtains during the day to allow fresh air and natural light into your home. Open windows and doors in the early morning and late afternoon to allow cool air into your home, but make sure you don't compromise your security. Opening windows on opposite sides of your home for cross ventilation can make your home feel cooler.
Close windows, doors, blinds and curtains in the afternoon to keep in the warmth and keep out the cold. Keep windows, curtains and blinds closed in the hottest part of the day to keep cool air in and heat out.
Only heat the space you need by closing doors to rooms you aren't using at the time. If your home is too hot, go somewhere cool like a library, shopping centre or the movies.
When using heaters, a lower temperature setting will use less electricity to warm your home. Decreasing the temperature by 1oC can reduce heating energy use by 10%. It is recommended to set heaters between 18°C and 20oC. When using an air conditioner, a higher temperature setting will use less energy to cool your home. Increasing the temperature by 1oC can reduce cooling energy use by 10%. It is recommended to set air conditioners to 26oC.

Did you know?

About 38 percent of your households energy use is used for heating. This makes it the largest energy user in the average home.

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