The fridge is one of the most expensive devices in your home. Check your fridge is set between 3-5 degrees and freezers are set at -15 degrees to save energy and keep bills down.
Running a second fridge? Turn it off when you’re not using it to save energy and money too.
Only cool the rooms you use most and keep air-conditioning between 23 and 26 degrees.
With some ducted cooling systems you can turn off the cooling in the rooms you're not using and don’t forget that you can turn off your cooling when you leave the house to keep your costs down.
Insulate your roof
Effective ceiling insulation can save you up to 20% on your cooling and heating costs.
If you've already had insulation installed, check that it's been correctly installed and has the right rating (measured in 'R-value'). In Victoria, insulation rated R3.5 or higher should be used for ceilings.
Wash in cold water
Use a cold-water cycle to do the washing.
You’ll save energy and up to $115 a year.
Avoid using the dishwasher between 4pm and 7pm. If you’re on a flexible pricing plan, using appliances in off-peak times could save you over $100 a year.
If you're at work all day, switching your electricity to a flexible pricing plan could make sense because you already use most of your energy in shoulder or off-peak periods. Switch plans and save.
Smarter lighting choices
Changing the light globes in your home or business can wipe up to $16 per globe from your yearly power bill. Replace old incandescent and halogen light globes with energy efficient globes.
Turn the lights off in the rooms you’re not using. A small flick of the switch could help you save energy and save you some dollars too.
Take it off standby
Turn non-essential appliances off at the power point. Extra power could be used by gadgets and appliances that are left on standby.
Use a standby power controller to reduce standby time and switch appliances off when they're not in use.