How to become energy efficient
It’s become a bit of buzz word in recent years, but what actually is energy efficiency? And what does it mean for you?
As the impacts of our energy production has received more attention and as energy bills have climbed and climbed, energy has come into the spotlight. Today, it remains as important as it ever was, and yet there many ways that you can save it, and in doing so, save yourself a few bucks. So what’s it all about?
What is energy efficiency?
The common misconception is that energy efficiency is about using less energy. It’s actually about using exactly the amount of energy you need and reducing your energy wastage.
Does it actually save money?
Since our energy bills don’t come itemised, it isn’t easy to think about energy usage as money, but it is inevitably true. Imagine if you had to pay physical cash to use your washing machine without a full load. This would probably make you think twice about doing it. Well using your washing machine on a half load or leaving your TV on stand-by does cost you money in the long run, and even though it may be a small amount, over the course of years this can add up to significant savings. In fact, Energy Australia have conducted several studies and have found some surprising results.
- A 400L ‘beer’ fridge costs an estimated $220 a year if switched on the whole time.
- A laundry dryer costs an average $130 per year if used regularly.
- Heated towel rails cost an average of $200 per year if kept switched on.
So if you turned off your second fridge, dried your clothes on a line instead of in a dryer and ditched the heated towel rails, you would save $550 per year. These are obviously big ticket items, but even small savings when combined can result in some great savings.Back to top
The bigger picture
Energy efficiency has become a common term in recent years as the impacts of climate change has forced many people to re-think their decisions and their energy usage. Energy is costly to produce and it can have negative impacts on our environment and when you think about the multiplied impacts of energy wastage, it’s a compelling argument for changing your own habits.Back to top
How can I go about it?
There are lot’s of ways that you can go about it. Some are about changing habits, some are about buying new, efficient appliances, and for those who are really committed to energy efficiency you could even instal solar panels and create your own energy.
We’ve created handy guides to saving energy in each part of your home, so why not head there and get some inspiration?