There are things that we can do across all aspects of our everyday lives. This will make sure that we are contributing to a better planet and better communities for ourselves and future generations.
Small changes can make a big difference – start here for some ideas on how you can be sure that your changes have a positive outcome both environmentally and economically!
Top 10 tips for Home
- Flick the light switch to off when you leave a room
- Embrace the day – take advantage of natural daylight. Turn off or dim electric lighting and let the sun do its job.
- Protect your windows – in summer shade all your windows that do not face south with fixed shading devices – an un-shaded square metre of glass lets in almost as much heat as a one-bar radiator.
- Use appliances with Energy Star Rating – the more stars the greater the efficiency
- Downsize – try and get by with only one fridge/freezer. If a second is required only turn it on when necessary.
- Set your thermostat as low as you feel comfortable during winter (19-20 degrees celcius) and as high as you feel comfortable in summer (25-26 degrees celcius). Each 1% above or below during the summer and winter months increases energy usage by around 10%.
- Indoors in winter? Pop on an extra jumper just like we did when we were kids, instead of turning on the heater.
- Shut the doors to keep the temperature in your room constant
- Ceiling fans cost about 5 cents an hour to run, much less than an air conditioner.
- Insulation in cavity walls or your roof can save you up to 20% off your heating usage charges.