Energy Tips When Heating or Cooling Your Home

  1. Only heat and cool rooms being used and close doors to rooms not in use when the heater or air conditioner is on.
  2. Set your heater to no more than 20°C in winter and keep your air conditioner above 24°C in summer.
  3. Don’t crank the air conditioner. It’s more energy efficient to heat or cool your house slowly over time, instead of turning the air conditioner up for faster results.
  4. Keep the cold in and the heat out, or visa versa. Door snakes are inexpensive and can help stop air escaping from the bottom of doors.
  5. Seal gaps around windows to keep draughts out. Unsealed draughts can account for up to 25% of the heat loss from your home.
  6. Try using a pedestal or ceiling fan instead of the reverse cycle air-con. Fans are a much more energy efficient way to cool you down.
  7. Get your heater serviced regularly to keep it running efficiently. Even cleaning the dust and fluff from the fan can save on your electricity costs in winter.
  8. Take advantage of the sun. In winter, open your curtains in the middle of the day to let the warm sun in. In summer use your blinds to block out the sun’s heat.
  9. Pull on your jumper. Heaters are great, but see if a good old jumper can warm you up first. Wear warm clothes to keep warm and reduce the need for heaters.
  10. Rug up with extra blankets. Put on some warm PJs and add a few extra blankets instead of an electric one.
  11. Electric blanket on = room heater off. Once you’re nice and cosy in bed, you probably don’t need to heat the whole room.
  12. Turn your hot water off when you go on holidays. Check your manual – turning your electric hot water system off is a great way to reduce energy costs.
  13. Check the temperature of your hot water thermostat. The most efficient temperature for your hot water system is 60°C.
  14. Consider a solar hot water system. Using the sun’s power to heat your water means you’ll use less electricity to heat water.
  15. Use your solar hot water system’s timer and thermostat. You could reduce energy by lowering your hot water temperature at certain times of the day.Power Tips for Kitchen