Energy saving tips for your home
- Turn off lights in areas not being used.
- Open curtains in the morning, rather than turning on the light.
- Paint rooms in light colours, as this aids reflection of available light.
- Use desk or standard lamps where most light is needed, so less lighting is required in the rest of the room.
- Clean lamps and fittings – over time, dirt build up reduces light output.
- Use fluorescent tubes, they use a quarter of the electricity consumed by ordinary bulbs and last around eight times longer.
- Light dimmers save you money and can extend the life of incandescent lamps.
Central Air Conditioning
- Turn on system only when home is occupied.
- Adjust the thermostat to the highest comfortable level. For every degree the setting is raised, between 3-4 percent will be shaved off your energy bill.
- Keep filters and coils clean.
- A full refrigerator or freezer operates at peak efficiency. If necessary, stock the empty space with filled plastic water bottles.
- Check door gaskets for tightness of seal. Replace gaskets that are hard or out of shape.
- Clean condenser coils at least twice a year to keep them free from dust and lint.
- A full freezer/refrigerator uses less electricity.
- Position your refrigerator away from heat source, leave a space between the wall or cabinets to allow air to circulate around the condenser coils.
- Keep your refrigerator between 35° and 38° and your freezer at 0°.
- Minimize the amount of time the refrigerator door is open.
- Turn the TV off if you are not watching it.
- Use energy efficient appliances.
- Save on cooling costs in summer by drawing curtains early in the day when a hot day is forecast.
- If you’re buying an exhaust fan for the kitchen or bathroom choose one with automatic shutter doors. This will help prevent heat loss.
- Use the energy saving standby mode on your computer.
- Iron large batches of clothing at one time to avoid wasting energy reheating the iron.
- Leave delicate items last when ironing and do them after turning iron off as residual heat can be used.