Helpful ideas on how to conserve energy around your home
Replace an old energy-hungry hot water service with a solar hot water system, or heat pump, to lower your energy consumption.
Install a solar electricity system to generate your own energy and conserve the use of fossil fuel-generated power.
Replace your lights with energy efficient types such as LEDs (Light Emitting Diodes) & CFLs (Compact Fluorescent Lamps). Avoid using lights with a higher watt globe than is necessary to light the particular area of the home
Install skylights to allow natural light into your home, especially in dark pockets of the home. This will reduce your reliance on electric lighting.
Avoid running appliances unnecessarily, even on stand-by power. Turn the air conditioner or heater off when you leave the house.
Install energy savings devices to automatically switch OFF unused electrical appliances, or simply switch OFF them of at the wall when not required.
Buy only energy-efficient appliances. Look for products that carry the star label. The more stars, the more energy efficient it is.
Install or upgrade the level of insulation in your walls and ceiling. This will reduce your reliance on heating in the winter, and cooling in the summer.
Adjust the thermostat on your air conditioner so it is just a couple of degrees higher. This will mean less power is used to reduce the temperature of your home.
Stop draughts through doors and windows by installing weather strips and seals wherever air can pass in and out.
Install window shades and/or awnings over windows facing north and/or west. This will minimise heat coming into the house and therefore the amount of air conditioning required.