With power bills on the rise in Australia, it’s time to review your energy consumption. Making your home more energy efficient can save you lots of money.
From lighting and insulation to the use of various smart devices and systems, there are many ways to make your home more energy efficient. Follow our list of tips to boost at-home energy efficiency, save more money, and make the world a greener place.
Seal Your Windows
Your windows present opportunities for air to leak out of your home. This can make your heating or cooling systems less effective, and require them to use more energy for noticeable results. Adding shrink film or double glazing to your windows can affect heat transmission by as much as 70%, without compromising the amount of light they let into your home.
Unplug Chargers When You’re Not Using Them
Your phone might not be on the charger, but if the charger is plugged in it’s still using energy. This power is called standby (or “vampire”) power, and it costs Australian homes $860 million every year. Fortunately, the solution is simple—just unplug devices you aren’t using. Phone chargers are an excellent place to start, but you can do the same for larger items like gaming consoles and entertainment systems.
Use Low-Flow Showerheads and Toilets
Low flow showerheads use less water than older models, which helps you keep your hydro bill down. A low-flow showerhead can offer water savings of between 25-60%, and low-flow toilets offer similar savings.
Wash Clothes with Cold Water
Changing the temperature of the water in your washing machine won’t actually save water, but it will save the amount of power your washer uses to make that water hot. In fact, more than 75% of the energy your washing machine is used just to raise water temperature. By washing your clothes in cold water instead, you can save that energy.
Put Solar Panels on Your Garden Shed
Investing in solar technology is a great idea, but putting it all over your home is expensive. To keep your solar investments affordable, consider integrating solar technology with your garden shed. Setting up a solid but inexpensive shed and outfitting it with a few panels can allow you to reap the benefits of solar energy without having to redo your entire roof.
Arrange for HVAC Service
Your HVAC system might keep you cool in the summer and warm in the winter. However, it could also be costing much more than necessary. If you notice your utility bills climbing, make sure you check your HVAC for signs of wear and tear that might make it less efficient. Even changing your air filters can save 15% of its energy consumption. It’s also smart to call in a professional to tune up the system once or twice a year. This can reduce the likelihood of your HVAC malfunctioning and consuming unnecessary power to compensate.
Monitor Your Power Consumption
The biggest way to make your home more energy efficient is to learn about the way it uses power. Apps like Homeselfe ask you a list of questions about your home and habits, then provide you with individualized feedback you can use to increase efficiency.
Making your home energy efficient doesn’t mean replacing every item in it with expensive gadgets. Start with the basics and you’ll see results quickly. Make a few simple changes to your existing systems, adjust your habits, and keep track of the power you use. Even seemingly minor adjustments have the potential to save you considerable amounts and reduce your impact on the planet.