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Get empowered

Take a proactive approach to reducing your household energy consumption and help save on your energy costs.

We all know the basics – switch lights off when leaving an empty room, turn televisions off at the wall, not the remote – but most families could do more to improve their energy efficiency.

Origin EnergyA great resource for energy saving tips and advice is the Energy Institute. The Energy Institute is dedicated to helping Australians reduce the greenhouse gas emissions created from their energy use, helping to keep their energy bills down at the same time. Available to you via energyinstitute.com.au the institute provides a collection of energy saving tips for Australians to add to and share.

The Energy Institute website has a range of buyers’ guides to help you choose the right appliance for your needs. Consider air-conditioning for example.

Households can reduce their reliance on air-conditioning with these energy saving tips:

  • Use fans where possible as they generally use less energy and operate at a fraction of the running cost of air-conditioners
  • For maximum efficiency, set your air-conditioner to re-circulate cool air instead of pulling warmer air in from outside
  • Use sleep mode to automatically turn your air-conditioning units off as you sleep instead of leaving them on all night and you can save hours of power
  • Keep curtains and blinds closed when using your air-conditioners and your house will stay cooler
  • Make it a house rule that the air-conditioning only goes on at 30C or higher (instead of 28C or higher)
  • When using air-conditioning, make sure all the gaps around doors and windows are sealed to help keep out hot winds and keep in that nice cool air

The Energy Institute says the most energy efficient air-conditioning units are inverter type, reverse-cycle split systems. When used in accordance with manufacturers’ instructions, inverter units have the capacity to operate approximately 20 per cent more efficiently than standard fixed speed type units. As a configuration, split systems are generally more energy efficient than window type units and most quality brands now feature reverse cycle options of heating and cooling rather than cooling only.

For more information on the energy savings tips visit energyinstitute.com.au