Project Overview

By making some small energy-saving changes around your home, and by getting everyone involved, you’re not only helping the environment but also saving money. It doesn’t take a lot to save energy and we’ll show you how.

Continue to Step-by-step instructions.

Step by Step Instructions

1 Double glazed windows
2 Carry out a maintenance check
3 Curtains and blinds
4 Door snakes
5 Use a clothes airer
6 Install rugs and carpets
7 Install LED lights
8 Turn lights off
9 Use power point timers
10 Monitor your power usage
11 Insulate your home
12 Solar hot water systems
13 Install solar garden lights
  • Step 1. Double glazed windows

    Heating and cooling your home make up a substantial part of your power bill. One way to keep your home cooler in summer and warmer in winter is by having double-glazed windows and doors. Double-glazing also has the added benefit of reducing the noise coming from outside.

  • Step 2. Carry out a maintenance check

    A simple thing to do is carry out a maintenance check around your home. Check that all of your windows close properly, so they don’t let warm air out of your home or cold or hot air in. Also, check the seals on your windows to make sure they fit tightly.
  • Step 3. Curtains and blinds

    Window furnishings, like curtains and blinds help to keep the warm air in your home and the hot sunlight from streaming in. This means you’ll save money on your heating and cooling bills.
  • Step 4. Door snakes

    Simple solutions can often be the best. Placing a door snake in front of your door can stop a cold draft from entering your home.

  • Step 5. Use a clothes airer

    You can save money by cutting back on using the clothes dryer in winter. A simple and free way to dry your clothes is to place them on a clothes airer in a warm part of your home.

  • Step 6. Install rugs and carpets

    Rugs and carpets are a simple way of making a cool room warmer. Rugs and carpets act as insulation between the floor and your feet and keep them from coming into contact with a cold surface. Generally, the thicker the rug or carpet, the better it will insulate the room.

  • Step 7. Install LED lights

    By replacing your globes with LED lights you can save a lot of money on your power bill.

    LED lighting is up to 85% more energy efficient than a traditional light bulb. They’re also long lasting and more environmentally friendly. When you’re choosing your bulbs, look for ones with high lumens and low watts, this will give you the best saving on your power bill. 

  • Step 8. Turn lights off

    Doing the simple things can make a difference – like turning off the light every time you leave a room. Although energy saving globes, like LED’s have created significant savings in power usage, you can still make extra savings by turning off lights in rooms that aren’t being used.

  • Step 9. Use power point timers

    Timers make saving money much easier for households because they’re so easy to use. You can set a timer so the heater goes off after you go to bed and turns on before you get up. Or you can have a light turn on just before you get home. The more you use them, the more you can save.

  • Step 10. Monitor your power usage

    By having an electrician install an energy monitor, you and your family can see exactly how much power your home is using and how much it is costing you. The monitors can tell you the true cost of leaving your appliances on stand-by. They can also show you how much money you're saving once you begin to change the way you're using energy.

  • Step 11. Insulate your home

    In many homes, insulation is the most practical and cost effective way to make a house more energy efficient, keeping it cooler in summer and warmer in winter, and will save up to 40 per cent in heating and cooling bills. Insulation acts as a barrier to heat loss and heat gain, particularly in roofs and ceilings, walls and floors. Before installing insulation make sure you have the right insulation for the job.

  • Step 12. Solar hot water systems

    Solar hot water systems take advantage of Australia's abundant supply of sun by using solar energy to heat your water. A solar hot water system can provide between 50 and 90 per cent of your hot water needs, depending on where you live and the type of system you install. While a solar hot water system may cost a little bit more, it will save you money in the long-term.

  • Step 13. Install solar garden lights

    Solar powered garden lights are a great way of making your front and backyard look great, while not adding to your power bill. They’re also ideal for lighting up paths and making your home safer to walk around at night.
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