Every year, thousands of Australians waste huge amounts of energy unnecessarily in their homes. This has a huge financial cost, but it also puts more of a strain on the Earth’s natural resources and the environment in general. However, there are many simple and practical ways to reduce the amount of energy wasted in every Australian home. Below are some of the ways you can save money on your home energy bills and put this money to better use.
Upgrade and Maintain Your Heating and Cooling Systems
In most homes, you will need to use heating and cooling systems in your home to make it a more comfortable place to live. Modern heating and cooling systems are designed to consume less energy and are cleaner than the models used in the past.
For example, a modern air conditioning system can save you hundreds of dollars, depending on the size of your home and weather conditions in your area. Some of these cooling systems even have zonal controls, that allow you to cool specific areas of your home, leading to even more energy savings.
Installing new heating and cooling systems is not the end of the story. Once these systems are in place, you have to maintain them on a regular basis. This includes cleaning air filters and checking for any performance issues. Ideally, you should hire a professional who can carry out these checks and maintenance tasks.
Invest in New Energy-efficient Appliances
The latest home appliances are designed to carry out the same duties as their predecessors, but use a lot less energy in the process. Installing a modern washing machine, dishwasher, dryer, refrigerator and other appliances comes at a financial cost, but the savings you will be making during the lifetime of each of these appliances will be substantial.
You have a wide range of appliances available to suit all budgets, but you should make sure that you invest in appliances that have the appropriate energy efficiency rating and are produced by reliable manufacturers.
Energy Efficient Lighting
Lighting your home is essential, but some people don’t realize that the lighting systems in their homes may be adding to their energy bills. You can reduce this cost by installing more energy efficient lighting systems and energy efficient bulbs in each room of your home. Installing lighting systems that include sensors will ensure that lights are only turned on when they need to be turned on.
When it comes to saving money on lighting, you and your family members also need to change some of your bad habits. For instance, turn off lights in rooms that are not being used and consider using the dimmer more often.
Curtains and Blinds
The sun is the most powerful generator of heat and energy we have. The curtains and blinds in your home allow you to control this heat and energy. During the colder times of the year, you can let the sunshine in by keeping your blinds open and when it’s hot, simply keep your blinds closed. Over the course of a year, this can dramatically reduce your heating and cooling costs.
Turn Off Appliances You Don’t Need
Turning off appliances you don’t need is another obvious, but often overlooked, energy saving tip. TVs, kitchen appliances and a wide range of other electrical items don’t need to be turned on all of the time, so you should regularly check to make sure that only the appliances you need are plugged in.
Unfortunately, many homes have poor insulation. If you believe this is the case in your home, you should consult with a building expert or home energy consultant. These professionals will check your attic, walls, windows and doors and let you know how energy efficient your home is. Their findings may determine that you need to insulate your home better.
Check and Replace Doors and Windows
A large amount of energy escapes through the windows and doors of a home, especially if you keep your windows and doors open a lot of the time. Older windows and doors are not as well insulated as today’s models either and this makes them extremely inefficient. Replacing your windows and doors may be your only option, but the energy savings you make will add up over time too.
Avoid Excessive Heating and Cooling
It’s easy to turn the heating up too high in your home or turn down the temperature too much in your air conditioning system. However, this can be a costly mistake to make. Always maintain a comfortable temperature in your home, but avoid wasting energy by going to extremes.
Saving money on your home energy bills is not an impossible task. Investing in the latest technologies and using your common sense will go a long way towards saving hundreds of dollars every year that you can use in more productive ways.
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