Power up your year. Five easy ways to reduce your energy usage


As we bring in the New Year, it's the perfect time to reflect on positive changes we can make in our lives. Adopting a few bright ideas can help you reduce your energy usage. Let's explore some electrifying resolutions to make your home more energy-efficient in the coming year.

  1. Switch to LED lighting: Say watt to traditional bulbs and let LED light the way. These bulbs are not only energy-efficient but also have a longer lifespan. It's time to shine a light on your home by replacing outdated fixtures with LED alternatives.

  2. Seal the current-leaks: Drafts around doors and windows can zap your home's energy efficiency. Conduct a thorough inspection and invest in weather stripping or caulk to shock-proof any gaps. This simple step will keep your home warmer in winter and cooler in summer, reducing the need for excessive heating or cooling.

  3. Appliances with a positive charge: Where possible, upgrade your appliances to those with a high energy star rating. From fridges to washing machines, modern appliances are designed to be positively charged with energy savings, making a positive impact on both the environment and your utility bills. Don't forget to recycle your old appliances if you can. 

  4. Unplug the power drain: It's easy to forget that even when turned off, many electronic devices continue to draw power. Pull the plug on chargers, small kitchen appliances, and electronic devices when not in use. Alternatively, consider using smart power strips that automatically cut off power to devices that are fully charged or not in use.

  5. Let natural light amp up your day: Maximise the use of natural light during the day by keeping curtains and blinds open. Not only will this create a warm and inviting atmosphere, but it will also reduce your reliance on artificial lighting. When the sun sets, choose energy-efficient light fixtures to keep your home well-lit without burning through your energy budget.

  6. Thermostat tango: Dance with your thermostat settings – lower it in winter and raise it in summer. Aim for a comfortable yet energy-efficient temperature. Consider investing in a programmable thermostat to automatically adjust the temperature based on your daily routine and keep your home's energy usage in harmony.

  7. Rainwater: Nature's energy drink: Australia knows the importance of water conservation efforts. Make the most of the rainy season by installing a rainwater harvesting system. Use harvested rainwater for watering plants or flushing toilets – it's nature's way of hydrating your home without tapping into excessive energy resources.

  8. Insulation, your energy guardian: Adequate insulation is the superhero your home needs for maintaining a comfortable indoor temperature without overworking your heating or cooling systems. Check the insulation in your walls, ceilings, and floors. If needed, add more insulation to ensure your home stays energy-efficient throughout the year.

  9. Cooking with power: Save energy in the kitchen by using lids on pots and pans, giving your cooking a power boost. Match the size of your cookware to the burner to maximise efficiency. When possible, use a microwave or toaster oven for smaller meals – they're like the energy-efficient stars of the kitchen.

  10. Shocking water conservation: Simple changes in water habits can contribute to energy savings. Fix any leaky taps promptly and consider installing water-efficient fixtures. Additionally, shorten shower times and opt for full loads when using the dishwasher or washing machine – it's like giving your water heater a break.

By incorporating these changes into our daily lives, we not only contribute to a brighter and more sustainable future but also could enjoy the added benefit of reduced energy bills. Here's to a year filled with positive charges and energy-conscious choices!