The weather in Sydney is harsh. Summers are sweltering and winters can get quite cold – not to mention that many older homes aren’t built for the cold weather. Air conditioning is very popular in Sydney, in fact, roughly 2 in 3 homes in Sydney have air con installed. However, this means that many residents have to face an ongoing battle with energy bills.
Energy bills are a concern for every Australian. Here 14 tips for making your home more energy efficient.
There are a number of things you can do to make your house more energy efficient. Some are cheap, some more expensive, some are suitable if you’re renting, some are only possible if you own your home. Let’s take a look!
Use Light Coloured Paint Inside – Paint your walls with a light paint (such as white or cream). This will help reflect sunlight inside, making rooms feel well-lit and reducing the need to use lights.
Insulate Flooring – There are a number of options for flooring insulation. What you choose will depend on what kind of home you have and how much you want to spend. If you can access underneath your floors, you may be able to pack insulation (such as foam) between the joists. This is a fairly affordable option. Another option is to install insulation between the floor base and the floorboards or carpet. If you have an attic space that you can access, consider adding insulation here too.
Seal Your Windows – A lot of heat is lost through windows, often through small cracks and gaps. Sealing these is a cheap and effective way to save energy.
Use Door Snakes – A lot of heat is also lost underneath doors. Door snakes are cheap and a really great way to stop the passage of air between rooms and indoors/outside. Grab yourself a few and use them where necessary.
Change Your Lightbulbs – Energy efficient light bulbs are a slightly larger investment when you buy them, but they will save you money in the long run. Halogen bulbs, compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) and LEDs are all better options than incandescent bulbs.
Switch off Power When It Is Not In Use – Chargers for mobile phones and computers, lamps, televisions and appliances – all of these consume energy even they are not in use. It’s not much, but for a big home it can to amount to a fair portion of your energy bill. Switch off power when not in use.
Wash Your Clothes With Cold Water – Using warm water to wash your clothes can consume a significant amount of energy. Always use cold water unless necessary.
Take Showers Not Baths – A large portion of the energy used by households is for heating the water used for bathing and showering. Showering uses significantly less water than bathing, and is a far more energy efficient option. When you do take a shower, keep it short. On a similar note, try and limit all running hot water, such as when you are brushing your teeth, cleaning your face or wet shaving.
Close Your Doors – If you have a large house, it is important to consider “zoning” – closing doors where possible to trap in heat or coolness. If you have a door that leads to a garage or laundry, keep it closed!
Turn off Your Lights – Turn off lights whenever they are not in use.
Dry Clothes Naturally Instead of Using a Dryer – Even in winter, sun drying clothes is fine, even if it takes a little longer. Avoid using your dryer where possible.
Close Curtain on Hot Days – Closing curtains on hot days can help keep out sunlight and trap in cool air.
Buy Energy Efficient Appliances – All modern appliances have an energy star rating displayed on the front. Buy the most efficient one you can afford – the more stars the better. If you want to know more about how this system works, check out our guide here.
Keep Your Air Conditioning Unit In Top Condition – Regularly maintaining your AC system will help ensure it is running at maximum efficiency.
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