Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Appliances Online
By now many Australian homeowners are aware of the importance of trying to save energy around the house. And with the carbon tax now in full swing, there is no better time to implement some energy-saving tips right across the home.
Whether you’re looking to reduce your power bill or simply try to use a little less water, there are some simple tips and tricks that you can effortlessly implement around the home with big results.
Whether it’s cleaning your clothes or washing the dishes, there is plenty of energy and money to be saved.
Front loader washing machines are increasingly becoming a popular feature of Australian laundries – and for good reason! Not only do they use up to 15 per cent less water, they also use less power and detergent than their top loader counterparts and offer more washing options and a higher spin speed to help with the drying process.
Hot water should be reserved for washing whites and heavily soiled garments and while it’s always better to use the sun and natural airing to dry your clothes, should you need to use a clothes dryer, always check that the lint filter is clean before switching it on.
In the kitchen, there has long been debate over whether washing up in the sink or using a dishwasher is more eco-friendly. Today there are some dishwashers manufacturers, such as Asko, that have developed systems that use as little as 14 litres of water per wash – far less than that required to fill and re-fill a sink enough times to wash that many plates, glasses and pieces of cutlery.
Cooking and food storage
One area of the house that is renowned for its high consumption of energy is the kitchen – but it is also one of best places to start being more eco-friendly!
Energy ratings on new appliances are an easy way for Australians to become more aware of their energy consumption. One of the most important things to remember is that popular kitchen appliances, such as the refrigerator, are switched on for the majority – if not all – of its life.
The star rating system is a quick and easy way to compare different appliances before purchasing, but if you’re not in the market for a new fridge or microwave, there are also other ways to make savings with the appliances you already have.
Setting your fridge to between three and five degrees Celsius will help to reduce its power consumption, as will using a microwave instead of a standard oven.
Heating and cooling
Trying to stay warm in winter or cool in summer in Australia is hard enough as it is, let alone trying to get hot or cold air flowing through an entire house.
Sweaty summers often have us reaching instinctively for the air conditioner, but a pedestal or tower fan can often be just as effective at bringing the temperature down.
In winter, households can reduce their power usage by considering an extra blanket or jumper before turning the heater on and using a space heater or single fan when the household is gathered in one room.
No matter what the season, thick curtains and blinds – as well as large trees outside – can help to insulate your house, and closing off areas that are not in use can help to reduce energy consumption.
You can buy energy efficient appliances from Appliances Online and even have your old appliance taken away and recycled!