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 to use one to five percent less energy.
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 $50 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.
Download our 'Summer helpful hints' (PDF 116KB).
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.
Download our 'Winter helpful hints' (PDF 112KB).
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.