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Saving Energy at Home

There are many easy, simple and quick ways to reduce the amount of energy you use at home. The less energy you use, the less you have to pay for, and the less greenhouse emissions you produce.

Discover what you can do to save energy and manage your energy bills.

How energy is used in the home

The energy use in an average Australian home can be broken down into seven categories. Heating, cooling and water heating account for more than half of energy use in an average home, so focus on these areas first for the biggest savings.

 Home Energy Use Pie Chart

Heating and cooling

  1. In summer set your cooling appliance’s thermostat to between 24oC to 27oC or as high as is comfortable. In winter, set the thermostat to 18oC to 21oC or as low as is comfortable. For every 1oC lower in summer and higher in winter, the appliance’s running costs can increase by 10%.
  2. Adjustable shading can provide shading in summer without blocking the warmth of the sun when you need it in winter. In winter, unshade windows and let the sun shine into your home. In summer, use shading e.g. external blinds, curtains or deciduous trees, to keep your home cool.
  3. Reduce the area you heat or cool - close off rooms you are not using to save on heating and cooling, unless you are using whole-of-home ducted evaporative cooling.
  4. If using a portable heater such as an oil, column or fan heater, only heat the rooms you’re using as these heaters can be very expensive to run

Water heating

  1. Take shorter showers. Use a shower timer to help you keep your showers to 4 minutes or less. Ask our Customer Service staff for free shower timer (while stocks last). Water heating accounts for almost a quarter of energy use in a typical home.
  2. Install a water efficient shower head, this could save at least 10 litres of hot water every minute.
  3. Have dripping taps fixed - leaking hot water taps waste water and energy.

Fridges, freezers and cooking

  1. Set your fridge to between 3oC and 5oC and your freezer to between -15oC and -18oC to save energy.
  2. Turn off second fridges and freezers when not required – older models, kept outside on verandas’ or in garages use a lot more energy than modern fridges and freezers.
  3. Smaller kitchen appliances use less energy, so use the microwave instead of the oven or the toaster over the grill where possible.

Washing machines and clothes dryers

  1. Wash clothes in cold water - washing machines use energy to heat water. Save by using detergents that work well with cold water.
  2. Use the clothesline to dry clothes - Clothes dryers can use a lot of energy. Hanging clothes out to dry is more energy efficient.

Lighting

  1. Make it a habit to turn off lights when you leave a room.
  2. Replace inefficient light globes, there are many efficient light globes available that will use less energy while providing the same level of light.

Stand-by power

  1. Switch off appliances rather than using stand-by power or consider using a stand-by controller.

Choosing and using appliances

  1. Choose energy efficient appliances. Energy rating labels provide information on the efficiency and energy consumption of certain electric and gas appliances. Use these to choose the more energy efficient appliance. More information on energy rating labels is available at http://www.energyrating.gov.au/about/
  2. Knowing the running costs of your appliances will help to keep track on how much you are spending on energy. For more information on how to calculate your running costs go to sa.gov.au/energy.

For more ways to save energy at home visit sa.gov.au/energy

Easy ways to manage your energy bill

  1. Find out more about energy saving from the South Australian government’s Energy Advisory Service by visiting sa.gov.au/energy or calling 8204 1888 or 1800 671 907 (FreecallTM from fixed lines only). If you are building a new home or renovating you can also call to find out about energy efficient home design or click here.
  2. Ask Council’s Service Centre or Library staff which energy saving guides and brochures they have available.
  3. Borrow a do-it-yourself Home Energy Toolkit from our libraries and complete a home energy audit. The toolkit’s simple step-by-step process will help you understand and reduce your household’s energy consumption.
  4. Look for the best energy deal for you by visiting the Australian Government’s price comparison website energymadeeasy.gov.au or call 1300 585 165.
  5. Find out if you are eligible for a concession by visiting sa.gov.au/concessions
  6. Talk to your energy provider about spreading your payments. Paying your energy bill in instalments can help you to manage your budget and avoid getting a large quarterly bill. Talk to your energy provider to see if they have any current incentives to help you save energy in your home.
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