Our Tips

Saving energy and reducing our individual footprint on the planet by reducing our contributions to CO2 emissions has become a matter of concern for many.

Lighting

  • Install pantry door switches for pantry lighting
  • Paint rooms in light colours, as this aids reflection of available light
  • Consider using timers and sensors for indoor and outdoor light fittings
  • Use the lowest wattage bulb required to meet the lighting needs of each room
  • Regularly dust your low energy light bulbs and fittings as dirt build up reduces light output Replace any incandescent bulbs with CFLs (Compact Fluorescent Lamps) or LEDs (Light Emitting Diodes)
  • Make the most of natural light. Open curtains and blinds as soon as you rise each morning
  • When you’re installing lights, allocate one switch per light rather than turning on multiple lights with one switch
  • Use two-way switching in rooms with two exits to ensure lights can be easily turned off when leaving the room
  • Use table or floor lamps fitted with CFLs where most light is required so you don’t light unoccupied areas of the room
  • Choose light fittings that allow most of the light through so a lower wattage globe can be used
  • Clean lamps and fittings – over time, dirt build up reduces light output
  • Light dimmers save you money and can extend the life of incandescent lamps
  • For security lighting, install time, motion or light sensing switches

Heating

  • Insulate all ceilings if not already insulated
  • Double glaze windows in colder climate areas
  • Use rugs on wooden floors to minimise heat loss
  • Set thermostats between 18 and 21 degrees celcius
  • Heat only those rooms that are being used for more than a short period
  • Install pelmets with full length, thermal lined curtains to prevent heat loss
  • If building a new house, insulate the floors and walls as well as the ceilings
  • Use draft stoppers to block under door airflows between heated and unheated areas
  • Remember to close your curtains to keep the heat in on cool nights or really cold days
  • Block off any chimneys that are unused or install dampers to stop draughts and prevent heat loss
  • Install ceiling fans in rooms that have high or cathedral ceilingsand run at lowest speed
  • Fit automatic door closers to ensure back and front doors are always closed fully after entry/exit
  • To prevent drafts and heat loss, close windows and doors, and seal gaps with weather stripping
  • Dress appropriately for the temperature. Putting on a jumper is less expensive than turning the heater up
  • Maintain your heating system according to manufacturers instructions and ensure air filters are cleaned regularly

Hot Water

  • Insulate all hot water pipes to minimise heat losses
  • Fit low flow shower heads to all showers
  • Ensure that your hot water thermostat is not set to high
  • Fix leaking hot taps
  • Use a three minute egg timer to help you take shorter showers
  • Turn the shower off whilst you are soaping up and shampooing
  • Make sure your dishwasher and washing machines are full before switching on
  • Turn the power off on your hot water system if you are going away for an extended period
  • Regularly check the pressure relief valve on the side of the hot water tank for leaks
  • Pool warm water in the basin instead of leaving the tap running whilst washing hands
  • Use cold water in the laundry as often as possible
  • Change from electric hot water to a solar, heat pump or gas hot water system

Cooling

  • Cool your internal environment to no less than 25ºC in summer
  • During hot sunny weather, close curtains and blinds to keep the house cool
  • Choose cooling appliances suited to your room size
  • Change your air conditioner filters as often as recommended by the manufacturer
  • Use a ceiling or portable fan first to determine if it is really necessary to turn on the air-conditioning
  • Plant appropriate trees to keep the hot sun off the walls and windows of the dwelling during summer
  • If you come home to a hot house in the evening use ventilation to remove some hot air before switching cooling system on

Food Preparation

  • Always cover pots, pans and other cooking vessels whilst cooking
  • Use one pot cooking as often as you can
  • Always use the right size pan for total coverage of the cooking surface
  • Thaw meat before cooking and bring refrigerated meat to room temperature before cooking
  • Turn off the heat source a minute or so before the end of cooking time and let the heat in the pan do the rest
  • Avoid opening the oven door during cooking
  • Use less liquid and fat in order to reduce cooking time on stove
  • Turn fan off in fan forced ovens at least 10 seconds before opening the oven door
  • Cook more than you intend to use so that you have another meal that does not require full cooking time to prepare
  • Replace oven door seals as soon as they begin to show signs of deterioration
  • Cook toast in a toaster and not under a grill
  • Reheat food on the stove top rather than in the oven
  • Buy an electric or old style pressure cooker and use it wherever possible to cook healthy meals with less energy
  • Whenever possible use a microwave oven instead of a conventional oven

Refrigeration

  • Use a refrigerator that is appropriately sized for your regular needs
  • Always thaw food in the refrigerator to assist cooling function of refrigerator
  • Give your refrigerator room to breathe on both sides and particularly at the rear
  • Wait for food to cool down considerably before placing it in the refrigerator
  • Regularly test strength of seals and replace them if suction has become weak or seal has been damaged
  • If refrigerator has capacity add a few bottles of water to help store the cold air within
  • Replace old refrigerators with newer more energy efficient replacements as soon as practicable
  • Regularly clean refrigerator to ensure efficient operation and maintain good hygiene
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