With some changes to your appliances and a little bit of know-how, you’ll be surprised how much more control you can have over your energy use.
Air conditioners use a lot of energy. Keep your cool without breaking the bank.
Open your home to create cross breezes and use ceiling fans to circulate air to keep you cool.
Install the right sized air conditioner for your space – consider how big the room is, what direction the windows in the room face, and whether you have insulation in the ceiling. For best efficiency, set your air conditioner to 24 degrees.
Close doors and windows in areas you want to air condition to ensure the cool air stays inside, and turn off your air conditioner when you leave the house.
Family room fun – video game consoles, TV, DVR, DVD, and stereo system – comes at a cost reflected in your energy bill. You could save in energy costs by recharging, reducing and replacing energy-sapping electronics.
Turn off electronics rather than let them idle and plug them into power strips to switch multiple devices off rather than unplugging.
Change your computer settings to standby/sleep mode. In standby mode, your computer uses 95% less energy than when idle. Better still, turn it off at the wall when not in use.
To make the biggest savings, focus your efforts on the biggest energy hog in the house – the refrigerator. Because it cycles on and off all day, every day, the refrigerator consumes more electricity than nearly every appliance in the home. Place refrigerators and freezers in a cool, well-ventilated space out of direct sunlight and not adjacent to a heat source such as an oven. Keep fridge and freezer seals clean, and replace damaged seals.
Where possible, use lids on pots and saucepans to reduce cooking time. Defrost frozen food in the fridge ahead of time.
When using a dishwasher, completely fill the racks to optimise water and energy use, but allow proper water circulation for adequate cleaning.