Australians are becoming increasingly conscious about living in a sustainable environment and being smart about power use is one of the best ways to get started. Here are 10 ways for you to start saving power.
1. Switch it Off
The easiest (and most obvious) way to start saving power is by switching off electrical appliances when you’re not using them. If the TV or the computer is still on standby, it means it is consuming power, so remember to flick the power switch after you’re done!
2. Control Temperatures
Heating up your home or even heating up water consumes a lot of energy. Heat or cool only at recommended temperatures and you will be saving more power.
3. Save Water
Be conservative with your water use. Excessive use of water is a leading cause of power wastage so become more conscious about your water use.
4. Energy Saving Fixtures
Energy efficient lamps consume up to 75% less energy than incandescent ones and can last up to 8 times longer.
5. Fix Those Leaks
Fix leaks and dripping taps to be more efficient with your water use.
6. Don’t Use What You Don’t Need
If it’s a sunny day out, consider drying your clothes on the line instead of just popping them in the power guzzling clothes dryer.
7. Cooking Tips
Be conscious of your power use when cooking by doing simple things like only preheating the oven when necessary or cooking with the lid on.
8. Laundry Tips
Wash your clothes in cold water – only soiled clothes need hot water. Always remember to fill the washer only to capacity and don’t overload it as this requires more electricity.
9. General Power Saving Tips
- Switch off your electric hot water unit if you’re going away for a week or more.
- Turn off the dishwasher before drying cycle and opening the door to let the dishes air-dry.
- Insulate your pipes for your hot water service to prevent heat loss.
10. Use Solar Power
Consider switching to solar power in Brisbane. Converting your home to solar powered energy does require an initial large outlay, but in the long term you will be saving on power bills, which seem to be forever increasing in price.
State and federal governments offer a number of grants to help you switch to solar power. Several Brisbane solar power companies also offer financing options so you can pay it off in instalments. So, if you are keen on going solar, speak to an experienced Brisbane solar power provider and see how you can go solar without breaking the bank.
Saving power is not a hard ask – a little bit of consciousness and putting some effort into it can go a long way towards creating a more eco-friendly environment.
Working as a Energy Efficiency Specialist at various firms, Karen Smith loves to help people and explore new technologies everyday. Here I want to share some information about energy saving alternatives. Visit : http://www.brisbanesolarpower.net.au/ for more information. Photo by Fred Miller