Six easy steps to save money and energy this winter

Edwina Robinson and Panama Leaver, 1 June 2016

dog in coat in front of heater

We can’t stop using energy to heat our homes, but the good news is that we can minimise the amount we consume, saving ourselves money whilst staying warm.

Making small changes to our daily routines can have a positive impact on our wallets, environment and wellbeing.

Here are 6 simple steps for becoming more energy and cost efficient in the home:

  1. Turn your heating down

    By turning your heater down by just 1 degree, you can cut out around 10% of energy and emissions, as well as costs. Ideally, set your heater between 17 and 19 degrees and bring out the ugg boots.
  2. Dry your clothes the natural way – it costs nothing!

    Coming into winter it can be harder to get your clothes dry outside so try using a clothes-horse inside. Place the clothes-horse in a room by a window that gets midday sun or in a room where the heating is already on (the lounge room, for example) and you should have nice, dry clothes in no time!

Clothes drying inside on a clotheshorse

Try drying your clothes and towels on a clothes horse on a sunny verandah or by a sunny window. Bring them inside in the late afternoon and place them in a living room that you intend to heat with the doors closed.

3. Zone your house

By shutting doors to rooms like the laundry and bathroom, you are trapping the heat in the rooms where you most want it like the bedroom or lounge room. Not only is this energy efficient, but it is also going to keep you warmer than you normally would be, without having to pump the heater up.

4.Seal up the draughts

Draught-proofing your home is one of the cheapest and easiest ways to reduce your energy bills. Check for gaps around doors and windows where air gets through and seal these up. Check to see if vents and chimneys are leaking your precious heated air outside. Hang close-fitting curtains and blinds, preferably with pelmets to your windows.

5. Unplug your appliances

Switch off your appliances at the powerpoint when they are not being used otherwise they still draw power when in stand-by mode. 

6. Switch your lights

By replacing incandescent lights to standard compact fluorescent tubes, not only will your lights last longer, you can save up to $75 of your regular lighting costs!

By adopting just one of the tips above, you’ll be doing our environment a world of good! Which one are you going to start with today?

feet clad in socks on a bed

Popping on woolly socks, a jumper and a beanie will help keep you warm this winter!

Useful Links

Home Energy Advice Service - A FREE assessment to help you save money and reduce the energy you use. Available to all ACT residents 

Green it Yourself - Presented by Canberran Lish Fejer, former ABC TV Carbon Cop. Includes videos on saving energy, draught proofing, choosing energy efficient appliances

Green renters blog - provides information for renters on living more sustainably

Energy Freedom Initiative - The Energy Freedom initiative is a group of Australian organisations working together to deliver energy freedom. Energy Freedom helps households make their homes high-performing, comfortable with zero emissions.

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