70 Tips For Saving Energy in Your Home

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70 Tips For Saving Energy in Your Home


70 Tips For Saving Energy in Your Home



Powering the many aspects of your home is one area in which you can do many things to use less, save more... and really make a difference!  Modern lifestyles have become power hungry, but by making a few simple changes- some of them without even spending any money- you can start heading on the road towards lessening your ecological 'footprint'.

Try to put into action as many of these tips as you can... and if you come up with any more ideas, let us know so that we can include them for others to share!

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1. Choose a 'green' energy provider... while this doesn't exactly save energy, it helps save the detrimental effects of creating that energy.
2. Install photovoltaic (solar) panels... and maybe even make a profit on selling power back to the grid!
3. Install a wind generator system.



4. Don't leave things on stand-by!  Make sure things are fully off.
5. Don't leave things running when you aren't actually using them... turn the TV, computer or entertainment system off when you go off to do other things.
6. Get rid of excess numbers of appliances... does your household really need several TV's?
7. Think about what size you actually need when buying something like a TV or monitor, or sound system with half a dozen huge speakers!
8. If you want a big screen TV, go for a LCD rather than a plasma.
9. Consider a solar pool heater.  Use a pool cover to retain heat.
10. Heating outdoor areas can take a lot of energy- physical barriers to wind, such as plants, pull down blinds or well placed tarps can help extend the comfort of a patio or veranda.
11. To keep your garden ready for entertaining, instead of powered mowers, leaf blowers, hedge cutters etc, try using a push mower (or replace your lawn with something more eco-friendly!), brooms, rakes and pruners/loppers.


Standby Power


12. Install energy efficient light bulbs.
13. Have the right wattage, and number, of lights for the space.
14. Utilise natural light- open blinds and curtains, install a skylight or solar tube, place your desk or reading nook near a window.
15. You may be able to make do quite well with a lower wattage lamp right where you need it, rather than a higher wattage central room light.
16. Make it a household rule- turn off lights when you leave a room.
17. Light paints and fabrics in a room help reflect the light.
18. Don't cover up your light source with thick or darkish shades, or allow shades to become very dirty.
19. Use timer lights, motion detector lighting, or solar lights outdoors.


Energy Efficiency At Home: Lighting



20. Set thermostats higher in summer and lower in winter to save energy use.
21. Put on extra clothes, or rug up, rather than turn on the heater quite so soon.
22. Rather than switch on the air con, wear cool, preferably cotton clothes... and the bare minimum!
23. Use a fan rather than turn on the air con.
24. Splash, or mist, yourself, and your clothes, with cool water to cool down.
25. Have a cool, or hot, shower.
26. If you have a swimming pool, cool off in that and you will probably stay cool for ages.
27. A sprinkler is also a good, fun way to cool the kids down... as long as you aren't going against any water restrictions... and you can water the garden at the same time.
28. Make sure all draughts are plugged in winter.  Don't forget your air con ducts.
29. Use a hot water bottle on your feet or lap.
30. Heavy curtains and blinds help keep temperatures more stable.
31. Use plants to shade the outside of your house.  Deciduous trees and plants will then lose their leaves in winter, allowing winter sun to warm your house.
32. If your climate is hot, consider having mainly plants and little paving/concrete around close to your house.  If cold is usually your problem, some paving/concrete will help hold any heat from the sun and radiate it onto your house.
33. Open up the windows to allow cool breezes to cool your home in the evenings.
34. Heat or cool only the areas in use.
35. If you plan on replacing your heating or cooling systems, find out what the most energy efficient types- and sizes- for your needs will be.


Energy Efficiency At Home: Draught Proofing


36. Make sure your fridge and freezer are operating at the correct temperatures.
37. Keep fridge and freezer seals in good condition.
38. Make sure any coils etc are clean.
39. If your model needs manual defrosting, make sure you do so regularly for optimum operation.
40. Allow adequate space around your fridge and freezer for ventilation.
41. Train your family to think and plan before they open the fridge or freezer... not just open the door and look to see if anything takes their fancy.
42. Get rid of the extra fridge... do you really need more than one?
43. When it comes time to replace your fridge or freezer, make sure you buy an energy efficient unit.
44. Don't buy a bigger appliance- fridge, freezer, microwave etc- than you need, as it will probably use more power to operate.
45. Instead of reaching for the electric versions, try using hand operated utensils such as whisks, can openers and carving knives.
46. Don't leave kitchen appliances on standby.  Even a microwave clock can add up on power use over time.
47. Don't boil more water than you need, in a kettle or saucepan.
48. Keep lids on saucepans to lessen escaping heat.
49. Try one pot cooking or use steamer sets to layer cooking.
50. Don't use the oven unless you really need to.  Ovens take a lot of energy to heat.  Many foods can be cooked just as well on a stovetop or griller.  Consider using a microwave which has a convection function, or a toaster oven, for oven cooking, as they have a much smaller area.
51. Avoid cooking hot meals, especially those that use the oven, during very hot days, or times of day, to avoid heating up your house.
52. Cooking a hot meal can help warm your kitchen on cold evenings.



Energy Saving Tips: Cooking




53. When replacing your appliance, get an energy efficient model, of the correct size for your needs.
54. Run appliances only when full, unless they have a part load setting.
55. Choose the right cycle.
56. Wash clothes in cold water, unless there is a specific reason to use hot- such as illness, or a very greasy load.
57. Open the dishwasher door and let the dishes air dry, rather than run the drying cycle, if your dishwasher has that option.
58. Hang your clothes on the line to dry, rather than use a clothes dryer.  They are very energy hungry appliances!
59. If you must use a dryer, make sure you keep the lint filter clean, don't overload it and start with clothes spun as dry as possible.



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60. Install a solar hot water heater.
61. Take shorter showers, shower with a friend.
62. Install low flow shower heads and taps.
63. Don't run the tap until the water gets hot, unless necessary.  Make use of the cooler water as it comes out too.
64. Don't just run water... put some in the basin instead.
65. Make sure your hot water pipes are insulated.
66. On older models, insulate your tank too.
67. Don't overheat the water... around 55-60 C is fine, and will save on energy, as well as lessening the risks of scalding, particularly if you have children or elderly people in the home.
68. If replacing your hot water heater, consider what size you actually need.  There's no point heating a huge tank for one or two people.  Also consider if a different type of heater, such as an on-demand system, might suit your needs better.
69. If designing a new home, try to have all wet areas close to the hot water heater, to lessen heat loss from length of pipes.
70. Think before you use... does the job you are doing really need hot water?  Cold water can work as well as hot for many purposes.


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Check out   http://www.energyrating.gov.au   for comparisons of all kinds of appliances to help find those which are most energy efficient.


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