Spring savings

September 2014

Spring is in the air and that means it’s time to pack up those heaters and have a little spring clean of your appliances.

The milder temperatures mean energy consumption is usually a bit lower at this time of year, as we don’t have to heat or cool our homes as often.

Ausgrid energy efficient expert Paul Myors said taking a look at your other appliances could help them run more efficiently and cut your electricity costs.

An air conditioner with a dirty air filter will have to work harder to cool your room, costing you more. So clean or replace air filters on air conditioners according to manufacturers recommendations.

Fix leaky taps. Each leaking hot water tap could potentially waste up to 16,000 litres of water a year and add up to $100 per year to your energy bills.

A fridge should have at least an 80 mm gap at the back and sides so it can reject heat efficiently from the rear coils. This can reduce running costs by about 15 per cent or about $20 a year.

Finally, do a walk around and switch off any appliances that are not being used, preferably at the power point.

If that old second fridge is empty, switch it off until you need it at Christmas time leaving the door ajar – you’ll be surprised how much you’ll save. 

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