Save on your Winter energy bill

08 August 2014

Heating and cooling on average accounts for nearly half of household energy use. Check out the ideas below to find low cost ways to reduce your utility bill and carbon emissions this winter.

  • Draughts can contribute up to 25% of heat loss from your home or the equivalent to having a 1 metre by 1.5 metre window open all the time. Check for gaps around windows and doors and install low cost window and door seals where required. Inside your home place door snakes on closed doors.
  • Chose a heater appropriate to your needs using this comparison table
  • Only heat the area you are in and set the temperature between 18 and 21 degrees. Every degree higher increases your heating costs by 10%.
  • Close curtains when the heating is on and especially at night to prevent heat loss through windows
  • Ensure electrical appliances are turned off at the wall; Standby power can account to up to 10% of your electricity consumed
  • Dry clothes using free sunshine on your clothesline; a clothes dryer costs $1.11- $2.07 per load*!

*Source : http://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/households/washers-dryers.htm

Want to know more?

Check out Essential Energy's Energy Use Calculator on their website allowing households to evaluate where energy is used in their home and tips on how to save money.

How to audit your house:

AlburyCity has ten Save Power Kits available for loan at the LibraryMuseum and Lavington Library. The kit is designed to help you identify where in your home electricity is being used and what energy saving actions you can implement to save money and reduce your household's carbon footprint.

For more information visit environment.nsw.gov.au