How to save power when heating hot water in the bathroom.
- Take shorter showers to save water and power.
- Install a AAA showerhead and save up to two thirds of hot water.
- Set the hot water temperature between 60 - 65 degrees.
- For children set the temperature between 50-55 degrees to prevent the children from burning themselves.
- Fix all leaking taps.
- By installing a solar panel you could save up to 90% of your hot water bill on a sunny day.
- Insulate your external hot water pipes to prevent heat loss.
- Use cold water whenever possible.
How to save power in the kitchen.
- Microwaves cook food a lot faster than a standard oven yet using less electricity.
- When cooking in a pot try to cook with the lid on.
- Make sure that food is completely thawed before cooking.
- When boiling water only use the amount required.
- Rather than boiling water on the stove, use an electric kettle.
- Only preheat oven when required.
- By cooking in a pressure cooker you save half the energy of a standard oven.
- Try not to open the oven door when cooking as it reduces the temperature each time.
How to save electricity with your dishwasher.
- Fill up the dishwasher before using.
- Turn the dishwasher off before the drying cycle commences and open the door to let the dishes air-dry.
- Always try to use the economy cycle.
- Rinse the dishes with cold water before loading into the dishwasher.
How to save water in the laundry
- Don't overload the machine as it uses more electricity.
- Wash clothes in cold water when ever possible.
- Hang clothes out-doors to dry.
- Make sure that the lint filler is clean before using the clothes dryer.
- Front loading washing machines are up to 15% more energy efficient than top loading machines.
Tips for keeping cool in summer.
- Set the temperature on the air conditioner to around 23 degrees.
- Keep the blinds closed to keep the sun out, especially on windows that face north.
- Open the house to let in any cool breezes.
- Ceiling fans are cheaper to run than air conditioners.
- Roof insulation keeps the heat out in summer as well as keeping the heat in for the winter months.
- Make sure that all vents are kept clean to save energy.
General tips for saving energy
- When buying any electrical appliances, look for the energy rating as it indicates the efficiency level of the appliance.
- Freezers cost more to run than fridges.