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.
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.
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.
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.