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Heating and cooling can make up to 40%1 of your power bill. So before turning on the air-conditioning, try opening windows and doors to let in the cool breeze. Additionally, closing blinds and curtains during the day in rooms you’re not using can help prevent the sun’s heat from turning your house into a sauna.
We know it can be tough to survive without it, but that doesn’t mean it needs to be blasting ice-cold air 24/7. Set your air-conditioner to 25-26 degrees, and use timers to turn it on only when you need it. For example, instead of having it on all night, set it to turn off 15 minutes after you usually fall asleep.
Upright or ceiling fans use less than 10% of the energy needed for air-conditioning. So before reaching for the air-con remote, see if a fan can do the trick first. Another fun tip is to make homemade ice packs or fill a spray bottle with cool water to mist yourself throughout the day.
Use your barbeque to cook your meals instead of using the oven or stove. This not only saves energy but also adds to the summer vibes.
School holidays or spending more time at home? Teach your kids to turn off the lights, take short showers and make sure the TV doesn’t stay on standby.|
Going on vacation? Turn off your appliances before you go to save energy. If you’re leaving lights on for security reasons, invest in a timer switch, so they only go on at certain times each day, then switch off again later.
If you’re not with Energy Locals you could be missing out on big savings. We don’t profit on what you use and we carbon offset all your usage, so if you do need to crank the air con for a while you don’t have to feel guilty doing so. Enter your address below to get started.