If you want to save on your energy bill, then make sure you’re looking outside your house as well as inside.
When most people think of their energy use they think of the inside of their home, but between pools, spas and exterior lights the outside of the home can sap the power too. If you’re looking to save money on your energy bills, take a peek out of your window and see what you can do with your outdoors.
Use a solar heater for your pool or spa
Solar heating is a popular and cost effective. They work back taking water from your pool, using the sun to heat that water and then circulating it back into the pool as warm water. They use a digital controller to make sure the pool stays at a consistent, desired temperature.
Use a timer to turn the filter or pump on and off
This will mean that the filter is only one a little while each day, which incidentally will also help you save on filters and on general maintenance.
Cover your pool or spa when not in use
This will help it to maintain its temperature which will require less heating, and will prevent debris from falling into the pool, saving on the filter.
Use motion sensors on outdoor lighting or security
This will ensure that the lights are only on when in use, and will save you plenty on your bill at the end of the year.
Use fluorescent lighting
Or compact fluorescent lamps on all outdoor lights. Similar to inside the house, the lights that you use outside should be as efficient as possible.
This isn’t technically energy saving, but it’s still something great that you could think about. Australia is blessed with plenty of sunshine, why not make the most of it and turn it into electricity? You could even sell your excess energy back to the grid and earn a little money on the side.
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When it comes to energy saving it’s the little things that add up. You might not think that your porch light is worth much to you for example, but if it’s on every night of the year then that usage could add up to a lot of money. And for more tips on saving energy in your home, check out more of our energy saving guides.