You don’t have to spend a lot of money to make savings around your home. In the coming months we’ll share more tips and resources we’ve found on this website.
You’ll also spot us out and about at community events and festivals throughout Western Sydney. Visit our Light Years Ahead information booth to see our demonstrations including a model house and home lighting display. You’ll be able to enter competitions for a chance to win prizes. For information on where the Light Years Ahead information booth will be next visit our Events page.
Summer tips to reduce energy
Over the summer holidays it’s easy to notch up some nasty electricity bills while trying to keep your home cool.
Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC) President, Cllr Tony Hadchiti, has five tips for residents to make energy savings. WSROC’s Light Years Ahead project has been reducing council bills in nine Western Councils by replacing old street lights with energy-efficient LEDs – this activity received funding from the Australian Government.
Seal those gaps
Cooled air can easily escape through gaps into areas of your home that aren’t a cooling priority or may not be insulated. Sliding doors between your living space and garage are often a culprit. Adhesive window or door seals are found in most hardware stores while door snakes or rolled towels are just as effective.
Using outdoor screens, blinds or other shading products can reduce heat transmission through windows. Planting shade in front of or near windows may help. If you are renting, talk to your local garden centre about options for deciduous plants for pots or trellises which can be removed when you leave.
Alternate the air con with fans
Ceiling fans can consume far less energy than air-conditioners so run your air-conditioner in bursts and alternate with fans. Fans also help to circulate cooled air. Check your air-conditioner manual for timer and other energy-saving options and to compare energy-outputs.
Review appliances and catch January bargains
New appliances are often more energy efficient, yet it is important to carefully read labels and packaging. Look for the Australian Government’s Energy Rating App in your smartphone’s app-store to help decision-making and talk to your local retailer. Some shops will price match if you show competitors’ prices on your smartphone.
Love your fridge
Overstocking your fridge can make the motor run too hard, as air cannot circulate air properly. Create recipes with Christmas holidays leftovers before you shop for new supplies. Shut the fridge door while you plan your next masterpiece or your fridge has to cool and circulate new air.
News: Free home energy audits for Parramatta residents
Parramatta City Councils is offering free home energy assessments for Parramatta LGA residents.
As part of the 1 hour in-home consultation you will receive:
- A walk-through of your home
- An energy bill analysis
- An action plan for a smarter home
- A solar PV assessment
- Obligation-free quotes
Parramatta LGA residents can contact Council’s service provider Positive Charge on phone 1300 236 855. Households who undertake an assessment will receive a set of energy saving light globes.
*Home energy assessments are very limited in number and are offered on a first-come basis.
This information is via the Parramatta City Council website.
Visit the below websites for a range of energy-saving information and resources.
- CSIRO, Energy in your home section (opens external site)
- Department of Industry & Science, section Energy (opens external site)
- Free home energy assessment for Parramatta Local Government Area residents (open external site)
- Energy Made Easy – an Australian Government site that includes information on how to read residential energy bills (opens external site)
- Energy rebate information from the Department of Industry, Resources & Energy (NSW)
- Energy Rating App – an app to search for energy ratings of many appliances (opens external site and app available for Apple and Android devices)
- EnergyCut: Cutting energy bills for your business (opens external site)
- Government of South Australia tips – Calculate your appliance running
- LED Buyer’s Guide (PDF) from the Lighting Council of Australia (opens external site)
- Office of Environment & Heritage (NSW Government), Save energy in the home website pages (opens external site). This website has sections called Energy use in your home, Planning and building a new home, and Renovating your home including a Home Renovator’s Guide (opens PDF).
- Sydney Water, Your Home section (opens external site)
- Smarter Choice (opens external site) – Australian Government appliance running cost calculator
- Your Home, an Australian Government website with tips for building new homes or for existing homes (opens external site)
- Your Energy Savings, an Australian Government website – page with tips on how to understand a residential energy bill (opens external site)