Top 10 Christmas energy tips

Using energy more wisely is one of the easiest ways to save money and reduce our greenhouse gas emissions over Christmas.

Ausgrid’s energy efficiency expert Paul Myors has 10 simple tips to help you save this Christmas.

1. Choose energy efficient decorations – LED globes and fibre optic fairy lights use less than half the energy consumed by standard light decorations.

2. Check the star rating of major electrical appliance gifts – Multiply the annual kilowatt hour (kWh) energy consumption of star-rated appliances by 20 cents to get an approximate yearly running cost. 

3. Give your appliances a holiday – Switch appliances off at the wall to eliminate standby power and save up to $150 a year.

4. Switch off the second fridge – An old second fridge can use more than double the power of newer models.

5. Don't over cool your home this summer – Each degree of cooling can add up to 10% to your running costs. So it's best to keep your temperature setting between 23 and 26 degrees.

6. Don’t run your pool pump too long – Running your pool pump efficiently can save you up to $120 per year.

7. Consider using a fan over an air conditioner – Fans cost about $6 over summer to run, compared to air conditioners which can cost more than $150.

8. Stay in the shade – Each square meter of direct sunlight on windows can be like running a one bar radiator indoors. External blinds and shade from trees can help keep the heat out.

9. Light up your Christmas party with energy efficient bulbs – CFL lights use about 80 per cent less energy than standard incandescent bulbs and last up to fifteen times longer.

10. Install motion sensor lights when away for holidays – Switching off outdoor lights and installing timers or motion sensors provide security and can save on running costs.

Note: These estimates are based on EnergyAustralia NSW regulated retail pricing.

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