Home Energy Saving Tips

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.