Free ways to save energy and money

Save power, save money

Take action to reduce your energy bills, make your home more comfortable and help our environment.

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At any time

Use less hot water

Have shorter showers

Check energy rating labels when buying new appliances

Upgrade your home insulation, windows and blinds to heat-proof your house

Switch off appliances at the wall when not in use to save 1-5% on your energy bills

Switch off lights when you leave a room.

In summer

Use fans instead of air conditioning

If you use an air conditioner, each degree warmer on the thermostat can save you 10%

Closing gaps and cracks around the house can save you $45 a year

‘Zone’ your home by cooling one part of your house and cut down on cooling in other areas

Close curtains and blinds during the day

Cross-ventilation and open windows in the evening allow for natural breezes.

In winter

By day, let natural light in

Close curtains and doors at night

‘Zone’ your home by warming the rooms you use the most

Use door snakes to stop draughts

Rug up and use blankets.

In the bathroom and laundry

Washing clothes in cold water can save around $50 per year

Swapping your dryer for a clothesline one extra time a week could save you around $70 per year

Have short showers.

In the kitchen

Wait until the dishwasher is full before using it, and use the energy-saving setting

Use the microwave or BBQ more often instead of the oven

Check that fridges and freezers aren’t overloaded

Clean fridge door seals and replace if worn

Use lids on pots to keep the heat in

See if you’re eligible for a discount to replace your fridge and save up to $200 a year on your energy bill.

In living areas

Turn off lights when you leave a room

Switch off TVs and home entertainment systems at the wall

See if you’re eligible for a discount to replace your TV and save up to $125 a year on your energy bill.

Garage and garden

Do you really need that second fridge?

If you turn off your pool pump at peak times (3pm–7pm) and turn off your pool heater, you may see some big energy-bill savings.