Varying from optimal heating or cooling settings by 1° or more can increase your energy costs by more than 10% EFFECTIVE WAYS TO HEAT AND COOL YOUR HOME WHAT cAn i do? 21 degrees and coolers to 24 to 27 degrees (every extra degree of Making small changes to your home can heating or cooling will add up to help the natural energy in the sun to heat 10% to the cost). your home in the winter and the breeze to cool your home in summer. Be smart • Turning heaters and coolers off over about the way you use heaters and air night and when you are out. conditioners and you can have a more Gain more savings by: comfortable home and lower bills. • Sealing the gaps around windows and doors (a draught stopper for HoW do i do iT? under doors, sealant around window Smart solutions to cut your frames and plastic/ foam weather strip heating and cooling bills in half. inside door frames). Make the biggest savings by: • Closing internal doors so that you • Installing or upgrading ceiling insulation heat/ cool only the rooms that you and reduce heat loss/gain by are using. around 30%. • Installing shade on the outside of your windows (eaves provide smart Tanya Ha shade for north-facing windows, but east an expert in or west windows will require adjustable environmental living and external blinds or shade cloth) - This the author of Greeniology keeps out the summer sun but lets it in and The Australian Green Consumer Guide during the winter and reduces the need provides advice on for heating and cooling your home. energy saving in • Setting heater thermostats to 18 to your home. Exterior blinds or shade cloth can cut out the equivalent of a 1 bar electric heater from a large window • Using a fan to circulate air inside Take extra actions in winter by: a room (many ceiling fans can be Opening blinds and curtains during the reversed for a warm winter airflow). day to let in the warmth of the sun. • Dressing for the season (warmer Reduce the need for heating your room clothes in winter and light clothes in by switching on an electric blanket before summer). you go to bed. Switch it off before you go • When buying heaters or coolers look to sleep. for the most energy efficient model For more information on efficient home that is the right size for your room (see comfort go to: www.energyrating.gov.au or look out for star rating stickers on products). www.greenhouse.gov.au/gwci/index.html or call the Sustainable Energy Take extra actions in summer by: Development Office Energy Smart Line Closing all windows and doors in the on 1300 658 158. early morning to block out the summer heat (closing curtains and pulling down WHY? exterior blinds will also help). Around a quarter of the energy used When it cools down outside,open all in most WA homes is for heating and windows and use a fan to circulate cooling. This can cost you more than cooling breezes (security screens and $200 per year and generate 1,500kg window locks help you to secure your of greenhouse gas. home whilst letting in the breeze). Do jobs like ironing and cooking (which produce heat and steam) in the cooler parts of the day. The Living Smart brand has been developed by The Meeting Place Community Centre, the City of Fremantle, Murdoch University and Southern Metropolitan Regional Council to support a suite of programs developing capacity in community sustainability Published by the Department for Planning and Infrastructure, Perth , Western Australia. February 2008. The information provided. in this brochure is provided in good faith. However the accuracy or appropriateness of the information is not guaranteed. PRINTED ON RECYCLED PAPER
"EFFECTIVE WAYS TO HEAT AND COOL YOUR HOME"