Check fridge and freezer temperatures

Fridges are one of the most expensive appliances in your home. Ensure that your fridge is set between 3-5 degrees and that your freezer is set at -15 degrees to save energy and money.

Running a second fridge? Turn it off when not in use.

Only cool the rooms you use frequently

Only cool the rooms you use frequently and keep your air conditioner between 23 and 26 degrees.

Some ducted cooling systems allow you to turn off the cooling in the rooms you're not using. Remember to turn off your  air conditioner when you leave home, too.

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.

Visit Sustainability Victoria to learn more.

Wash in cold water

Use a cold-water cycle to do the washing.

You’ll save energy and up to $115 a year.

Opt for flexible pricing

Avoid using the dishwasher between 4 pm and 7 pm. 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 money.

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.

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For more tips to help you save energy no matter what the time of year visit top 10 ways to save on energy

Page last updated: 31/12/21