Housing

Kitchen and bathrooms

Kitchen

  • Thaw frozen foods on the bottom shelf of the fridge before cooking, they will take less time to cook.
  • Use the minimum amount of water needed in pots and use the lid. washing machine
  • Cooking in a microwave is more energy efficient than using an oven.
  • Boil water in the kettle rather than the stove. Only boil the water you need, don't overfill your kettle.
  • Leaking taps are costing you money. Report leaking taps immediately to 1300 HOUSING.

Fridges

  • Fridges operate best away from sunlight and ovens.
  • Check the seals on your fridge to prevent cold air from leaking out.
  • Regularly defrost your freezer to help it run more efficiently. 
  • Set the temperature on your fridge between 3° to 5°C and freezers -15° to -18°C.
  • Leave a gap at the back of the fridge to allow air to circulate behind it.
  • Don't use a second fridge. If you really need a second fridge, turn it off when you aren't using it.

When buying a new fridge or kitchen appliance check the energy rating and buy the most energy efficient one you can afford. New fridges with a high star rating can cost as little as $50 per year to operate compared to $190 per year for older refrigerators.

No interest loans (NILs) are available in some areas to help low income households purchase new and more energy efficient fridges. Call 1800 509 994 or go to www.nilsnsw.org.au for availability in your area.

Laundry

  • Wash your clothes in cold water.
  • Only use your washing machine when you have a full load to save water and energy.
  • Hang your washing to dry rather than using an electric dryer. If you do use a dryer regularly check the lint filter to prevent fires.
  • If you are buying a new washing machine buy the most water and energy efficient one you can afford. Front loaders are generally more efficient than top loaders.

No interest loans (NILs) are available in some areas to help low income households purchase a new and more energy efficient washing machine. Call 1800 509 994 or go to www.nilsnsw.org.au for availability in your area.

Bathrooms

  • Hot water heating can be a third of your electricity bill so saving hot water will save you money.
  • Take shorter showers. It will save water and energy. Reducing your shower by a couple of minutes can save you up to $100 off your energy bill each year. 
  • Housing NSW has installed water-efficient showerheads in most homes. These showerheads reduce the amount of water you use helping you save money and electricity. Please do not remove them.
  • Turn off taps when brushing your teeth, shaving and washing your face.

Leaking taps and toilets are costing you money. Report them to 1300 HOUSING.

Did you know?

  • A four minute shower with a water efficient showerhead uses around 36 litres of water.
  • A leaking toilet can waste 16,000 litres of water a year.
  • A dripping tap can waste 24,000 litres of water a year.

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