Introduction

You don’t have to spend a lot of money or own your own house to make savings around your home. Whether you are trying to keep heat out, or prevent cold breezes, small changes can make big savings on your energy bills.

Lighting

Use energy efficient light globes called compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) or light emitting diodes (LEDs). They’ve come down in price and will save you money long-term.

  • Choose the lowest wattage light bulb you need.
  • Choose lampshades that allow more light through and that keep dust off globes.
  • Dispose of used globes through your local council’s chemical clean out day or at your nearest community recycling centre. To find locations and dates go to www.cleanout.com.au.
Resources

Living spaces

  • Going on holidays? Energy-smart timers will turn lights on and off rather than keeping lights running.
  • Curtains, blinds, shutters and awnings can impact heating and cooling costs.
  • Consider what they are made of, where the sun rises and sets, and how window treatments can be adjusted.
  • Don’t install multiple lights on the same light switch as you will waste power by turning on unnecessary lights.
Resources
  • YourHome – This Australian Government site has tips on a range of topics including glazing your home and skylights.
  • Save Power Kits – A program to help people save power and money is now available for loan at City of Parramatta Library and its branches.
  • Energy Made Easy –  This Australian Government site is designed to help you understand your electricity and gas bills, and find the best offers.

Heating and cooling

  • Cold? Add another layer of clothing or blanket rather than turn on the air conditioner or heater.
  • Solar panels can reduce the cost of your air conditioner or water heater.
  • Door and window seals are a cost effective way to keep cool or warm air in and stop draughts.
Resources
  • Office of Environment & Heritage has shared tips and resources including how to save money on heating, cooling and through insulation and stopping draughts
  • Sydney Water – Learn how to be more water wise and save on your water bill.
  • YourHome – An Australian Government website with tips on sealing draughts around the home.
  • Energy Made Easy –  This Australian Government site is designed to help you understand your electricity and gas bills, and find the best offers.
  • Your Energy Savings – This website provides information about saving energy, saving money and available government assistance.
  • Energy Rating – An Australian Government website that compares the energy efficiency of household appliances.
  • Save Power Kits – A program to help people save power and money is now available for loan at City of Parramatta Library and its branches.
  • Our Energy Future – Provides impartial, up-to-date energy efficiency and renewable energy advice for households and businesses.

     

Bathroom and laundry

  • Use a bathroom exhaust fan with in-built heating lamp rather than stay longer in the shower to warm up.
  • A four minute shower timer can reduce water and energy usage by 40 per cent.
  • Dry clothes on an outdoor line or indoor clothes rack rather than in the dryer.
Resources
  • Sydney Water – Learn how to be more water wise and save on your water bill.
  • Office of Environment and Heritage – site has tips on saving water through sections called Products and appliances, Rainwater tanks and Greywater.
  • Energy Rating – An Australian Government website that compares the energy efficiency of household appliances.

Garage and Outdoors

  • Turn off power tool chargers when not in use.
  • Switch your pool pump to off-peak.
  • Think about shading and planting choices near your house, to reduce the amount of heat impacting key living spaces.
Resources
  • YourHome – The Australian Government has tips on shading including planting.
  • Office of Environment and Heritage – site has tips on saving water through sections called Products and appliances, Rainwater tanks and Greywater. There is a section on Water-saving tips in your garden which includes tips for pools and washing your car.
  • Save Power Kits – A program to help people save power and money is now available for loan at City of Parramatta Library and its branches.
  • Our Energy Future – Provides impartial, up-to-date energy efficiency and renewable energy advice for households and businesses.

Kitchen

  • Leave space around your fridge for air circulation.
  • Set your fridge to 3°C to 4°C and freezer to -15°C to -18°C.
  • When boiling water, use a kettle rather than the stove.
  • Use a hot plate the same size as your pan.
Resources
  • YourHome – An Australian Government website with tips on sealing draughts around the home.
  • Energy Rating – An Australian Government website that compares the energy efficiency of household appliances.
  • Save Power Kits – A program to help people save power and money is now available for loan at City of Parramatta Library and its branches.
  • Our Energy Future – Provides impartial, up-to-date energy efficiency and renewable energy advice for households and businesses.

Appliances

  • Laptops use less energy than desktop computers.
  • Turn off appliances at the power point when not in use. Even standby or snooze mode uses power.
  • Take the free Energy Rating app shopping (www.energyrating.gov.au) and convert your kilowatts to savings.
Resources
  • Energy Rating Calculator – An Australian Government appliance running cost calculator.
  • Our Energy Future – Provides impartial energy efficiency and renewable energy advice for households and businesses.
  • Save Power Kits – A program to help people save power and money is now available for loan at City of Parramatta Library and its branches.

 

 

General resources

General resources

Visit the below websites for a range of energy-saving information and resources.