save energy save money Lighting 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 www.dtei.sa.gov.au/energy • Use power boards with switches to make full. power points easier to switch off. 8204 1888 or • 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 www.energystar.gov.au * firstname.lastname@example.org • 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 www.energyrating.gov.au TE003 0509 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 other • 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 cooler. • 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.