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Home Energy Efficiency Tips

Our homes use a lot of energy. It’s essential for cooking, lighting, running appliances, heating and cooling, and doing much more things that make our life comfortable. Approximately 38 percent of that energy consumption is just spent on heating and cooling1, and often a big percent of that is wasted by air leaks in the structure of your home. This and many other inefficiencies create needless out-of-pocket expenses to homeowners and renters alike.

A home that is optimised to use energy as efficiently as possible will not only keep us comfortable, it will also add up to considerable savings over time. For that reason, it’s worthwhile to consider whatever investments are reasonable toward a whole-house energy saving approach. Here are some simply smarter tips that can make your home energy efficient and hence can save some money going into big energy bills.

Thermostats

Heating and cooling expenses can be reduced by as much as 10 percent by simply turning back the heater or air conditioner during the hours of the day you spend away from home2. Programmable thermostats can be set to tailor heating and cooling to specific hours of the day. Even better than programmable thermostats, smart thermostats can be controlled remotely with a Smartphone in case you’ll be at the office late. Some smart thermostats will even memorize your daily routine after a week of manually adjusting the dial as needed, and then automate the trends you’ve set. Here are some other tips

Air Leaks

Some estimates suggest that a big percentage of heating and cooling energy escapes through air leaks around doors, windows, electrical outlets, plumbing and light fixtures. That’s more than just a pretty penny slipping through all those cracks. So, identifying air leaks and sealing them off will help save energy and money too. Here are a few tips:

Washing Machines

Washing machines draw energy from the electrical, and water heating systems, which when combined, amount to a significant amount of household energy use. Here are some tips to save energy:

Clothes Dryers

Using your clothes dryer regularly can send your power bills skyrocketing. Don’t forget the ‘solar’ option. Hanging clothes to dry uses no electricity and it’s free. It’s best to use a clothes line or drying rack though sometimes it’s hard to avoid turning on the dryer. Here are some tips:

Water Heaters

Water heating accounts for 25 percent of home energy use1; of that usage a considerable portion of water and energy is wasted. Older, inefficient showerheads allow 12-15 litres of water to flow in a given minute and the average bath consumes 80 litres of heated water. To keep this consumption minimized, here are few tips to follow:

Lighting

Lighting accounts for 7 percent of home energy use1. You can save a lot of energy by using energy saving lightings. Use of energy saving lighting like LED and CFL can reduce the wattage used in a light fitting while maintaining similar light output. By using energy saving lighting, you can generate huge savings on your electricity bills, and contribute towards building a better environment. Here are some more tips to do that:

Standby Power

Standby power accounts for 3 percent of home energy use1. Appliances like TVs, DVD players, computers, stereos, and game consoles still draw small amounts of standby power when not in use. These devices drain electricity all day, every day.

These and many other improvements in your living space and energy consumption habits will pay dividends down the road. But in the spirit of energy savings, the best approach is to make any upgrades you decide to implement an efficient transformation. We recommend contacting your energy provider for a home energy audit to help establish a workable plan.

1 https://www.sa.gov.au/topics/water-energy-and-environment/energy/saving-energy-at-home/check-and-reduce-your-energy-use/energy-use-at-home
2 http://energy.gov/sites/prod/files/energy_savers.pdf

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