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Energy Saving Tips


Heating

Closing doors to rooms that don't need heating can prevent up to 75% of heat loss. In the cooler months, set your thermostat between 18°C and 20°C. Every 1°C higher could increase your energy usage charges by 10%. Let the sunshine in. On sunny winter days, warm the lounge by pulling back the curtains. Close them at night to keep the heat in. Seal gaps around doors with foam weather stripping or door 'snakes' to stop cold air sneaking in. Don't forget to block unused fireplaces. Replace disposable air filters in your heating appliances or clean permanent ones at least once a month. A dirty filter forces your heating equipment to work harder. During the cooler months, change your ceiling fan's position to 'up' and run the fan on 'low' to help circulate the warm air trapped at the ceiling. Turn off heaters in your living area before heading to bed. If your rooms are insulated, they will stay warm for several hours.

Evaporative Cooler

Close any updraft vents, install the baffle plate and cover the unit. Don't run your evaporative cooler and air conditioner at the same time or on the same day. The evaporative cooler increases humidity in your home, the air conditioner works to remove it.

Hot Water

Hot Water and Taps Insulating your water heater pipes keeps your water hotter for longer. Take a shower. A bath consumes about five times as much hot water as a shower. A low-flow showerhead will also ensure you save energy and water. Avoid washing dishes in hot running water. Fill the sink only halfway. Dripping tap? Repair it as soon as you can.

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