Top tips for saving energy this summer

Saving energy can help you save money. During warmer months it’s easy for your energy usage to increase. But, as the amount of energy you use increases, so too can your bill.

Luckily, saving energy is something anyone can do. These 15 helpful tips could help you save energy and a few pennies this summer.

Here are some basic things to get started with.

Cooling

1. Increase the temperature setting on your air conditioner. The recommended temperature range is 21-25°c for summer.

2. Clean the air filter in your air conditioner – it’ll improve air flow and run smoother and more efficiently.

3. Use the timer on your air conditioner to control when and how long your air conditioner runs.

4. Only use a fan if you’re in the room. A fan creates a breeze, which will help keep you cool, but it doesn’t actually cool the room.

5. If you use a ceiling fan in combination with your air conditioner, set your air conditioner to a slightly higher temperature.

6. Go alfresco – cooking inside can raise the room temperature. If you do cook inside, try to avoid the oven as it will raise the room temperature much higher than the stove top

7. Use your curtains and blinds to keep the heat out and cooler air in, and check your door and window seals for leaks.

Laundry

8. Avoid using the dryer – make the most of the sunlight when you can.

9. Wash your clothes with cold water.

10. If you need to do a hot wash, turn down the temperature of your hot water (so you’re mixing in more cold water to get the right temperature). You won’t need it so hot in summer.

Lighting and appliances

11. LEDs are the most energy efficient light globe. If you haven’t already, replace you’re your old halogen light globes with LEDs.

12. If you’re not using it, unplug it. Appliances on standby will continue to draw down power, even when you’re not using them.

If you’ve tried the basics and are willing to invest more time and money for the prospect of future savings, you could try some of the following options.

Future investment

13. Upgrade old appliances to energy efficient ones. Appliances typically account for 30-40% of home energy use. In Australia it’s mandatory for appliances to have an Energy Rating Label which you can use to help choose a new energy efficient appliance that suits your needs.

14. Insulation isn’t just for keeping warm in winter. Insulation can help keep your home cooler in summer by moderating the temperature inside your home. There are a range of different types of insulation and products available, including ceiling and roof insulation, wall insulation, floor insulation and water pipes. Most heat transfer happens through the roof and ceiling, so keep this in mind.

15. Make the most of the sun. Solar is one of the most affordable renewable energy sources available today. Solar is a great option to consider to produce electricity for your home.

To help you save, we’re putting some of the best tips we’ve learnt over the past 25 years on our website.