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Energy Tips

Life’s busy and it’s not always easy to find time to identify where you could be saving on your energy use. We’ve done the work for you and put together some simple ways to reduce your energy use around your home.

  Heating and cooling 

(typically comprises about 40% of average household energy use)

  • Where possible, set to no more than 18-20°C for heating (remember the saying, 20 is plenty) and no less than 25-26°C for cooling
  • Dress for the temperature
  • Only heat or cool the rooms you need – close doors to unused rooms and use zoned heating or cooling if possible
  • Try a fan before switching on the air-conditioning in summer, and use ceiling fans in reverse in winter

  Water heating

(typically comprises around 23% of average household energy use)

  • Check for any leaking taps, especially hot water taps
  • Take shorter showers where practicable
  • Install water-efficient shower heads

  Laundry and entertainment appliances

(typically comprises around 17% of average household energy use including stand-by power)

  • Wash in cold water, spin thoroughly and dry clothes on a rack or outside instead of using the clothes dryer
  • Where possible, adjust settings on all devices to run in economy mode
  • Set to automatically switch to standby or sleep mode when not being actively used
  • Turn off at the power point when not in use


(typically comprises around 13% of average household energy use)

  • Set fridge to no colder than 4-5°C, and the freezer -15 to -18°C and minimise how often you open the doors
  • Ensure there is a sufficient air gap around the fridge as it helps it run more efficiently
  • When boiling the kettle, don’t fill it with more water than you need (it uses a lot of energy)
  • Don’t run your dishwasher unless it’s full

For more tips, download our full energy saving tips information sheet.

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Note, actual energy use varies from state to state and from home to home depending on the appliances in the home and how they are used. Source: SA.GOV.AU - Home energy use (