Energy Saving Tips

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.
Published on October 10-th, 2008 in Electricity
Damon Rasheed is the CEO of Rate Detective, an Australian financial service comparison sites specialising in Life Insurance, Income Protection Insurance and home loans. Damon holds a Master's Degree in Economics from the University of Melbourne and has been involved in many start-up internet businesses.

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