How to save energy inside and outside the home

Saving energy isn't just better for the environment, but it can help you save lots of money as well.

With electricity prices continuing to rise across the country, and the threat of climate change already being felt around the world, it's more important than ever to do whatever you can to save energy at home.

The good news is that there are plenty of really simple life hacks you can do, both inside and outside the home, to help you save energy. The end result will be cheaper energy bills and a positive environmental impact.

Charging phones, boiling kettles, switching on lights and TVs, there’s no end to the electricity demands around the home. It has never been so easy to use electricity, nor has it ever been so easy to waste electricity. Wasting energy may seem inconsequential, but it is costing you extra money and more importantly, it is costing the earth’s atmosphere through tonnes of carbon-based pollution. Here we present a list of simple ways you can reduce your energy usage at each point around your home.

Tips: Saving with your heating and cooling

Heating up water and air are some of the most energy-intensive uses for electricity in your house. Boiling the kettle causes a huge spike in usage, for instance. Here are some great tips for warming – and cooling – yourself without wasting power.

Tips: Saving with your heating and cooling

Tips: Saving with your air conditioner

Air conditioners, A/Cs, are a modern convenience that sometimes feel like a necessity. To get the most out of your machine for less, read these tips.

Tips: Saving with your air conditioner

Tips: Saving with your pool

Not everybody has a pool, but for those who do – maintaining them can be draining. Here are some tips on how to keep up your pool without being a burden on the environment, too.

Tips: Saving with your pool

Tips: Savvy fridge and freezer advice

There are many ways to save energy with a fridge or freezer. Tips like these are especially significant since these appliances run continuously for years.

Tips: Savvy fridge and freezer advice

Tips: Reduce energy use around the bathroom

There are more ways to save energy in the bathroom than you'd expect. How does the energy usage of a hairdryer compare on the cool vs. hot settings? Read on to find out.

Tips for Reducing Energy Around the Bathroom

Guide: Selecting (energy efficient) light bulbs

Most of the tips above describe ways to reduce your energy usage without spending any extra money, however, "[a] household that invested $90 in changing 30 fixtures to [Compact Fluorescent Lights] would save $440 to $1,500 over the five-year life of the bulbs", depending on your rates.

If you are keen to enlighten your living space with a new feel and get some added monetary benefits, check out our light bulb purchasing guide.

Guide: Selecting (energy efficient) light bulbs
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