Reducing your energy use
- Written by Adam Gatt Penrith City Council (02) 4732 7777 (02) 4732 7958 firstname.lastname@example.org https://www.penrithcity.nsw.gov.au 601 High St Penrith NSW 2750 Australia
Energy saving tips
Here are some tips to keep cool without blowing out your energy bills.
- On hot days, keep your blinds and curtains closed. On those nights where it cools down, open up windows on both sides of your house to encourage a cooling breeze through.
- If you’re worried about your energy bills, try reducing how much you use your air conditioner. Ceiling fans and standing fans help you feel cooler, with far less energy use. For even better results, try moistening your skin with a damp cloth.
- When you do use your air conditioner, the temperature you have it set on makes a big difference to how much energy you use. Setting it to 230C or higher is ideal. Each degree lower can add 10% to the running cost.
- Close off some of the house. It doesn’t make sense to cool a room no one is using.
- Draught proof your home. Weather strips and door snakes are cheap and easy to install, and help seal gaps under doors where hot air can get in.
- Borrow a Power Mate Meter from a Council Library - see details below. The meters are simple to use, and allow you to check how much energy any plugin appliance such as the fridge and TV in your home uses. Many appliances use ‘standby’ power even when switched off. If you find an appliance using lots of standby power, it might be worth switching the powerpoint off.
- Consider visiting a cool place on those really hot days like a local library, pool or shopping centre.
Compare your energy retailer
The Federal Government has a great resource called Energy Made Easy, so grab some of your old energy bills and head to energymadeeasy.gov.au to see if another company might be cheaper. Even if you'd like to stay with the same energy retailer, it’s worth calling them to see if they can do you a better deal.
Household Energy Meters
Save energy costs by borrowing a free PowerMate Meter from your local library.
Easy to use, the Power-Mate enables households to identify and reduce energy costs by showing people how much their appliances cost to run. By simply connecting the meter between the appliance and power socket, the meter measures the electricity use, greenhouse gas emissions and energy costs of the appliance while in use or on standby. For enquiries about loans or about becoming a member of the library please contact Penrith City Library on 4732 7891.
Solar panels are becoming cheaper all the time. Learn more about how solar can save you money and help you beat the heat this summer on Council’s Sustainability webpage.
Government programs and subsidies
- The NSW Government has a program that helps some residents upgrade to more efficient appliances like fridges and televisions, which helps reduce your electricity bills. Conditions apply – find out more on the Office of Environment and Heritage webpage.
- There are some rebates and assistance available for your electricity bills. Find out what the NSW Government offers and if you’re eligible at the Resource & Energy website.