Top tips to save hundreds on your energy bills

August 2011

Households can save more than $200 on their power bill by simply changing the way they use some appliances at home.

Ausgrid’s energy efficiency expert Paul Myors said turning off standby power and having a shorter shower are some of the simplest ways for households to save money and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Up to $80 a year and 0.4 tonnes of CO2 can be saved by simply switching off standby power. Entertainment systems and computer equipment are the worst offenders so if it’s safe and practical try flicking the switch at the wall to eliminate standby power all together.

Electric hot water is the biggest energy user in the average home but shaving two minutes off your showers can save you up to $100 per year and 0.8 tonnes of CO2.

And washing your clothes in cold water can save around $60 per year because the cost per cycle on a warm wash can be five times more than on a cold wash.

Heating and cooling accounts for around a quarter of the average household’s energy use, but you can save up to $80 per year by heating between 18 and 21 degrees and cooling between 23 and 26 degrees.

30% of Australian homes have more than one fridge so consider getting rid of the older one to save up to $250 per year and more than 1 tonne of CO2. Fridges older than 15 years can use 2-3 times the electricity of an equivalent new model.

Find more information on ways to save.

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