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                                                                                                                  How to reduce your impact on

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Easy ways
                  •	 Turn	lights	off	when	not	needed.    Clothes Washing and Drying                               climate change
                  •	   Replace	incandescent	globes		                                               	
                                                                        •	 Adjust	the	wash	cycle	to	
                                                                                                                  Every time you turn on
                                                                        	 match	the	load	and	use			
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            to save energy
                  	    with	compact	fluorescent		                                                                 a	household	appliance,	
                  	    lamps	(CFLs).	CFLs	use	around		                     energy saving or economy                                            Reduce
                                                                                                                  greenhouse	emissions	
                  	    80	per	cent	less	energy	than		                      cycles.                                                              your
                                                                                                                  are	released	into	the	
                       incandescent globes and can                          •	 Use	cold	water	as	much	as		        atmosphere.	                impact on                                                                     Tips to help you reduce
                       last 8 to 10 times longer.                              possible.                                                       climate                                                                      your home’s energy use
                                                                                                                  If	you	think	of	one	         change.
•	 Use	the	lowest	wattage	light	you	can	to	provide		                        •	 Wash	a	full	load	rather	than		     balloon representing
		 adequate	levels	of	lighting.                             several smaller loads.                                50	grams	of	greenhouse	
•	 Avoid	using	downlights	for	general	lighting.                                                                   gas,	the	average	
                                                         •	 Don’t	put	soaking	wet	clothes	in	a	dryer.		 	
                                                                                                                  household	produces	around	160,000	
•	 Use	motion	detectors	or	timers	for	outdoor		          		 Remove	as	much	moisture	as	possible		 	
                                                                                                                  balloons	of	greenhouse	gas	each	year.	
		 security	lighting.                                    		 beforehand.
                                                                                                                  But	you	can	do	something	about	it.	
                                                         •	 Always	clean	the	lint	filter	after	use.	A	clogged		
Cooking                                                  		 filter	will	increase	dryer	energy	use	and		 	         By using less energy or using
•	 Use	small	appliances	where	possible	-	use	the		          compromise safety.                                    green energy you can reduce your
		 microwave	over	a	conventional	oven,	the	toaster		                                                              greenhouse	gas	emissions,	and	in	turn,	
                                                         •	 When	possible	use	the	sun	to	dry	your	clothes.
		 over	the	grill	and	the	kettle	over	the	hotplate.

                                                                                                                                                            Printed	on	recycled	paper	using	environmentally	friendly	inks
                                                                                                                  your	impact	on	climate	change.	
•	 Ensure	the	seals	on	your	oven	are	in	good		           Standby Power
		 condition	to	prevent	any	heat	loss.                   •	 Switch	off	appliances	and	where	practical			
                                                         		 switch	off	at	the	wall	rather	than	leaving	on		       For further energy advice:
Dishwashing                                                 standby.
                  •	 Run	the	dishwasher	only	when		                                                               
                                                         •	 Use	power	boards	with	switches	to	make			
                                                         		 power	points	easier	to	switch	off.
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                  •	   Select	the	lowest	water			                                                                        1800 671 907
                                                         •	 Look	for	the	Energy	Star	label	on	home	office		              Freecall™ for country callers
                  	    temperature	and	shortest		
                                                         		 appliances	as	they	have	lower	standby	power		
                  	    washing	program	that	will		
                  	    adequately	wash	the	load.
                                                         		 consumption.	See                 *

                  •	 If	needed,	use	cold	water	to		      Energy Star Rating
		 rinse	dishes	before	loading	into	dishwasher.          •	 When	purchasing	a	new	appliance	look	for	the		
•	 Eliminate	the	drying	cycle	if	possible.	Open	the		    		 energy	star	rating	label	-	the	more	stars	the		
		 door	and	let	dishes	air	dry.                          		 more	efficient.	See

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The information in this brochure has                         Water Heating                                             Heating                                                    		 Evaporative	coolers	produce	a	cooling	breeze		
been designed to assist you in identifying                                      •	 Reduce	hot	water	use;	e.g.		                           •	 Set	heating	thermostats	as	low		     		 and	will	cool	the	outside	air	by	around	10°C	to		
practical ways of saving energy.                                                	 take	shorter	showers	and		                              	 as	you	feel	comfortable	with.		       		 13°C	-	more	in	dryer	conditions.	
                                                                                	 wash	clothes	in	cold	water.                             	 Recommend	18°C	to	21°C.               		 Note:	The	amount	of	water	used	by	an		 	
              fridges and freezers
                       7%                                                       •	 Fix	dripping	taps	and	hot	water		                      •	 Adjust	louvres	towards	the		         		 evaporative	cooler	depends	on	the	size	of			
                                         water heating                             services as soon as possible.                          	 floor	-	as	hot	air	rises.             		 the	system	and	how	it	is	used.	New	technology		
                                             24%                                                                                                                                     monitors water salinity and dumps water only
                                                                              •	 Install	a	3	star	rated	water		                            •	 Open	blinds/curtains	during		       		 when	needed.
                                                                              	 efficient	shower	head,	if			           		 the	day	to	let	sunlight	in.	Closing	blinds/curtains		
 heating                                                     		 compatible	with	your	hot	water	service.                		 at	night	will	help	to	keep	the	heat	in.                 •	 When	a	hot	day	is	expected,	turn	on	your	air		
and cooling                                                                                                                                                                       		 conditioner	early	-	it	operates	more	efficiently		
   36%                                                       •	 For	electric	and	gas	storage	systems,	set		 	          •	 Fit	curtains	with	pelmets	to	stop	circulating	warm		    		 when	the	outside	air	temperature	is	cooler.
                                                             		 thermostat	to	60°C.                                    		 air	being	cooled	by	contact	with	cold	glass.
                                                                                                                                                                                  •	 Maintain	efficient	performance	of	your		 	
                                                             •	 Use	at	least	10mm	insulation	around	external	hot		     •	 Block	off	unused	open	fireplaces	to	prevent	heat		      		 cooling	system	by	following	the	manufacturer’s		
                                              appliances     		 water	pipes	to	reduce	heat	loss.                          loss.                                                      instructions.
                                            (inc. standby)
                                                  20%        •	 If	building	a	new	house,	plan	so	the	laundry,		        •	 Maintain	efficient	performance	of	your	heater		
                    lighting   cooking                       		 kitchen	and	bathrooms	are	as	close	as	possible		       		 by	following	the	manufacturer’s	instructions.		         Fridges and freezers
                       7%        6%                          		 to	the	hot	water	system.                               		 Keep	reflectors	dust	free	and	clean	air	filters		                       •	 Choose	a	well	ventilated		
                                                                                                                          regularly.                                                                 position. Placing a fridge and
This	diagram	shows	average	energy	use	in	South	              •	 Consider	installing	a	solar	hot	water	system.
Australian	homes.	Please	use	these	figures	as	a	                                                                                                                                                  	 freezer	in	direct	sunlight,	next		
                                                                                                                       Cooling                                                                    	 to	an	oven	or	other	heat		
guide only.                                                  Heating and Cooling
                                                                                                                       •	 Use	portable	and	ceiling	fans.	                                            source can increase energy
                                                             Ensure all possible passive design practices are
The benefits of saving energy in the home                                                                                                                                                            use substantially.
                                                             attended	to	before	considering	heating	and	cooling	          Fans generally cost relatively little to buy and are
An	energy	efficient	home	incorporates	common	                appliances	and	systems.	This	covers:                      		 cheap	to	run	-	around	2	cents	per	hour.                                    •	 Keep	the	inside	temperature		
sense	principles,	selection	of	the	most	appropriate	                                                                                                                              		 of	your	fridge	between	3°C	and	5°C	and	the		
                                                             •	 appropriate	“R	value”	insulation	in	ceilings	and,		    		 While	they	do	not	cool	the	air,	quite	often	a		
fuel	sources,	energy	efficient	appliances	and	                                                                                                                                    		 freezer	between	-15°C	and	-18°C.	A	change		
                                                             		 if	possible,	the	walls                                 		 gentle	breeze	is	all	you	need	to	make	you	feel		
practices	-	resulting	in:                                                                                                                                                            of one degree can affect energy consumption
                                                             •	 zoning	your	home	to	heat	and	cool	the	smallest			                                                                    by around 5 per cent.
•	 a	reduced	need	for	expensive	heating	and		                   areas needed                                           •	 Set	cooling	thermostats	as	high	as	you	feel		
   cooling appliances and systems                                                                                                                                                 •	 Consider	whether	you	really	need	a	second		
                                                                                                                       		 comfortable	with.	Recommend	23°C	to	26°C.
                                                             •	 using	external	window	shading,	pergolas	and		                                                                     		 fridge	or	freezer.	If	you	do,	switch	off	when	not		
•	 reduced	appliance	and	system	running	costs                		 deciduous	trees	to	keep	sunlight	off	windows           •	 Considering	South	Australia’s	generally	dry		              needed.
•		 reduced	energy	related	greenhouse	gas		 	                                                                          		 climate,	evaporative	cooling	is	a	good	choice		
                                                             •	 considering	how	best	to	cross	ventilate	your		                                                                    •	 Make	sure	door	seals	are	clean	and	tight	fitting.
    emissions.                                                                                                         		 to	minimise	energy	use	and	greenhouse	gas		
                                                             		 home	during	summer	when	it	is	cooler	outside
                                                                                                                          emissions.                                              •	 Regularly	clean	any	visible	condenser	coils	on		
                                                             •	 draught	proofing.                                                                                                 		 the	back	and	defrost	if	necessary.

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