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Power Saving Tips

Power Saving Tips You Might Not Have Considered

coal-burningYou’ve probably already changed the light bulbs and turned down the thermostat but what else can you do to save power and help cut carbon pollution? Here are a few less well known tips that can help you quickly knock more off your next power bill. 

1. Get rid of the old drinks fridge! Did you know using a second fridge that is 10 or more years old and 250L or bigger can add $225 a year to the power bill. There’s a program specially targeting these old and particularly inefficient fridges. To see if you qualify for free collection and a rebate go to the Fridge Buyback website or call Fridge Buyback on 1800 708 401. 

2. Add insulation around your hot water pipes being careful not to burn yourself if the pipe has just been used. Pipe insulation is cheap and easy to fit yourself in the holidays and has the additional benefit of reducing the wait for the hot water. Surprisingly, many Australian homes have uninsulated hot water pipes. 

3. Cleaning the air filter on your air-conditioner, heater, and tumble dryer takes less than five minutes and can save up to 5% of the energy used. 

4. If you’ve got windows that get a lot of afternoon sun, it’s worth considering lined curtains and blinds that reject heat, make your house more comfortable, and cut your air conditioning bill. 

5. Enable the 'sleep' mode on your computer and experiment to find the minimum time possible before it goes into sleep mode. Some computers can also be set to 'hibernate' after a certain period of time to save even more power. If you're not using your computer for an extended period of time, such as overnight or while you're on holiday, make sure to turn your computer off at the power point.

6. Small plug-in energy meters are now widely available at electronics shops for as little as $20 and help you instantly see what’s consuming the most power in your home. These plug-in energy meters can help you quickly find the worst energy guzzlers in your home and also let you see how much power electrical devices use in standby mode. Some devices on standby use 50% of the power they use when fully on – try switching them off at the wall instead.

For further information on household energy saving see the NSW Government’s website.