Autumn audit

Daylight hours are getting shorter, the weather is cooler and as autumn takes hold we’re out of the pool and inside our homes more often.

The change of seasons is a great time to do an autumn audit of your appliances and become more efficient with your energy use.

Ausgrid energy efficiency expert Craig Tupper said because we’re not using our pools as much, if they aren’t heated, you often cut back on the hours you need to run the pump by up to half the time you would run it during summer.

If you use a second fridge for drinks and extra food over the summer period, you can save money by emptying it and switching it off until next year. Remember to leave the door slightly ajar. A 15-year-old fridge running 24 hours a day, seven days a week could be adding up to $250 to your energy bill every year and 1.5 tonnes of CO2 emissions.

Air conditioning is traditionally not needed during the milder months, so it’s a good time to clean the filters and change the settings to heat in readiness for winter

It is also a great time to get our homes ready for efficient heating by considering insulation. Ceiling insulation can reduce heating costs by up to 30 per cent, saving you more than $100 a year. Wall insulation is also effective and recommended if you’re building or renovating a home. It’s a good time lay your floor rugs, if you have tiles or wooden floors to help keep your home cosy.

Walk around your home and find your hidden energy guzzlers.

The average household has between 20 and 30 appliances that consumer standby power when not being used, potentially adding more than $100 a year to your bills. Switch them off at the power button or the wall and save. 

Autumn audit

  • Pull back on the pool pump
  • Ditch the second fridge
  • Prep your air con
  • Insulate and decorate with rugs
  • Switch off your standby