Spring sunshine

September 2017

Spring has arrived and with it comes sunshine and warm breezes.

Ausgrid energy efficiency specialist Robert Simpson said households could save money simply by making use of the warmer weather and ditching the clothes dryer.

Clothes dryers are big energy users costing about $1 per cycle for a 5 kilogram dryer with a 2.5 star rating.

This can add as much as $200 on energy bills per year for households which use it for just four loads per week.

Once your spring washing is on the line, take a look at your appliances.

Typically, spring is a time of lower household energy use because of the milder temperatures and we are not heating or cooling our homes.

It might be time to put away those plug-in heaters. An oil column heater left on unnecessarily on a thermostat setting or timer could be costing you up to $20 a week.

It’s also a great opportunity to get your home and appliances ready for the summer.

Air conditioners with a dirty filter will have to work harder to cool your room and this will cost you more in running costs. Clean or replace the filter according to the manufacturer’s recommendations and consider having the system serviced to make sure it’s running most efficiently come summer time.

Now is also a good time to consider other home improvements or purchases for summer, like installing insulation or buying a new air conditioner. 

If you are considering buying a new air conditioner, make sure you seek advice, consider your options and choose the right size for your needs. The energy star label will help you compare models. 

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