In every home there are many simple and easy ways to save energy. Saving energy can help reduce your household costs and help you make a difference to the environment.
STEP 1: GENERAL HOUSE TIPS
Check for and repair any holes in your ceiling, floor, windows, walls, roof, pipes and plumbing. These can release cool or warm air which increases your energy usage especially when you are trying to keep your house cool in the summer and warm in the winter.
STEP 2: HEATING AND COOLING
Install ceiling and wall insulation as this can be an efficient way to get the most out of your heating and cooling equipment. You can use reverse angle ceiling fans to force hot air down to floor level. And heavy drapes do a great job of retaining heat.
STEP 3: LIGHTING
Turn off lights whenever you aren’t using them. Replace incandescent light bulbs with fluorescent bulbs as fluorescent bulbs use less energy and last longer. Install motion detectors to control lighting in frequently unoccupied areas, such as the front door or side path. Clean light fittings annually as dirt reduces their output.
STEP 4: LAUNDRY
Wash clothes only when you have a full load. Use cold water whenever possible in operating the washing machine. Don’t rely on your dryer to dry your clothes, use the clothesline as this saves power.
STEP 5: KITCHEN
Use the dishwasher only when you have a full load. Defrost refrigerators and freezers before ice build-up becomes thick. Cook on range-top burners instead of in the oven whenever possible. Clean the refrigerator coils regularly. Perform scheduled maintenance on the fridge, dishwasher and oven. Adjust door latches (if needed) and replace worn door gaskets.
STEP 6: BATHROOM
Install a water restrictor or low-flow showerhead and have a short shower instead of a bath.
STEP 7: LITTLE THINGS
Two quick and simple things you can do to winter-proof your house, reduce costs and waste less energy are: Install an efficient hot water system and fittings, and maximise north facing windows to allow winter sun to heat the home.
Information provided courtesy of www.bunnings.co.nz