At Home Facts

Heating Energy and Savings

By insulating your walls, ceiling and floors you will reduce heat loss by up to 75%, reducing a $500 heating bill to $125.


Our bodies adapt to changes in seasons and climate. Set your thermostat at 18-20°C in winter and no less than 26°C in summer.
In winter, 22°C may feel too hot and in summer it may feel too cold. People who live in warmer climates have a higher tolerance for heat and will probably find that a much higher temperature than 22°C feels comfortable. Save Energy


You can save 10% or more on your energy bill by stopping the air leaks in your home.


Put draught stoppers on all your doors and windows and save up to 40kg of greenhouse gas. Draught sealing around doors and windows can save up to 25% of heat losses and gains in many climate zones. Save Energy


Cooling Energy and Savings

Use an energy efficient air-conditioner. A 1.5kw unit will cost you $2 for 10 hours, where a 4kw unit is more than double at $5.75. That’s a saving of $450 over a 4 month period. *Based on 10 hours/day.


Our bodies adapt to changes in seasons and climate. Set your thermostat at 18-20°C in winter and no less than 26°C in summer.
In winter, 22°C may feel too hot and in summer it may feel too cold. People who live in warmer climates have a higher tolerance for heat and will probably find that a much higher temperature than 22°C feels comfortable. Save Energy


Put draught stoppers on all your doors and windows and save up to 40kg of greenhouse gas. Draught sealing around doors and windows can save up to 25% of heat losses and gains in many climate zones. Save Energy


Lighting

By replacing standard light bulbs with energy saving ones you can save yourself an average of $50 over the lifetime of the globe.


Compact fluorescent light is the most efficient lighting option. The wattage not the voltage affects the cost of electricity. So it costs the same amount to run a 50W low voltage light as it does to run a 50W normal voltage light. Save Energy


Incandescent lights are the most popular type of bulb, but they are a very inefficient technology. Only 10% of the electricity they use actually is converted into useable light -- the rest is wasted as heat. 

 


If you're going to be away for more than five minutes, switch the light off. With modern lighting design, there is a small surge of power when some lights are turned on, but this is much smaller than the energy used by running the light when you don't need it. Save Energy


Water

Turn off hot water when on holiday. Your hot water will cool down, but you’ll save up to $0.35/day.


Depending on the model, if a modern dishwasher is fully loaded, it can use much less water than hand washing. Efficient dishwashers can use around 1-1.5 kilowatt-hours and 14 litres (around a sink full) of water to wash 12 place settings of dishes. You'd typically need several times this amount of water to hand wash the same dishes. Save Energy


Water heating can account for between 14-25% of a home's energy consumption.


Using Appliances

Appliances account for about 20% of a typical household’s energy use, with refrigerators, clothes washers and dryers at the top of the list.


Leaving your computer and other devices running 24/7 will typically use $100/year of electricity and reduce the lifetime of your electrical goods.


Turn off appliances at the switch, or better still, the power point, when they are not being used and save up to 10% on your household electricity bill. Many appliances go into 'standby' power mode unless they are switched off at the power point. Even in standby mode, appliances still use energy and cost you money. Save Energy


If you turn down the brightness of the Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) screen, its consumption can be halved, giving up to 75% saving in energy. A comparably-sized LCD computer monitor uses around half as much electricity as a conventional Cathode Ray Tube (CRT) monitor. Save Energy


New Construction

Choosing salvaged, secondhand or antique items is often a smarter use of natural resources than buying new products.


In many cases, good energy-efficient design is cheaper in the short and long term. Through careful planning and by paying attention to orientation, climate and landscape, an energy-efficient designed home will often save you money both during construction and in the years to come. Save Energy 


Using premium materials that are more durable and construction practices that often exceed building regulations will enhance your home's performance and reduce maintenance and replacement costs, thereby raising its overall value.


Plants like bamboo, that can be harvested and grown again within a short time, ease demand for slower-growing trees and non-renewable resources like petroleum. Look for bamboo alternatives for floors, cabinets, built-ins and furniture.


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