Energy costs are on the increase and our planet is in trouble, but you can help out by better understanding and managing your household usage. Just a few small changes can make a big difference.
 
The four main energy drains in an average Australian home are:

  • Heating and cooling
  • Lighting
  • Appliances
  • Water heating

 Let’s take a look at how you can reduce your consumption in each area. 

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Heating and Cooling


Heating and cooling accounts for roughly 40 per cent of the average Aussie household's energy usage, which makes it a particularly important area to focus on. Thankfully, there are simple things you can do to reduce your footprint:

  • During hot summer months, close curtains and blinds to keep rooms cooler
  • In winter, opens blinds and curtains to warm your home naturally, but keep them closed on the shady side
  • Seal drafts around doors, windows and fireplaces
  • Heat or cool only the rooms you are using
  • Choose fans for cooling in small spaces and bedrooms. They’re cheaper to run and more environmentally-friendly than air-conditioning
  • Choose heating/cooling products wisely. Options like Galaxy Air products from Chromagen can reduce fluctuations in energy load, resulting in quieter, more cost-effective operation
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Lighting


Lighting accounts for another 10 per cent of the average household electricity usage, so try these handy fixes to shave a bit more off your bill:

  • Switching on lights accounts for about six per cent of a home’s energy usage, so make the most of natural light when you can
  • Don’t forget to turn them off when you leave the room, or consider installing sensors
  • Energy-saving LED light globes use up to 75 per cent less energy than halogen or incandescent lights and last 5-10 times longer
  • You may be able to access state or local government assistance to install new LEDs
  • Timers and dimmer switches help increase efficiency
  • Solar lighting for gardens has dramatically improved
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Appliances


Household appliances like dishwashers, ovens, washing machines and computers account for approximately one third of your energy usage. Watching your favourite shows on a large TV screen for extended periods can burn more energy than a fridge. Here are some easy ways to save:

  • Choose new appliances wisely. Check energy ratings before you buy, saving you money over its lifetime
  • Adjust settings sensibly. Running a fridge too cold or a TV too bright chews energy
  • Use eco settings wherever possible
  • Turning off at the wall saves money. Many appliances continue to draw power even when you’re not using them


Water heating


Heating water eats up around 20 per cent of an average household’s energy usage, and even more if you love long showers. Here are some simple cheats:

  • Use cold water for the washing machine where possible
  • Lower the water heater thermostat to between 60°C and 65°C
  • Install a water-efficient showerhead and take shorter showers
  • Install a solar hot water system, heat pump, or gas hot water system, all of which are more energy-efficient than electric
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Next steps


Dedicated to creating an eco-friendly home and reducing your energy bills? Consider embracing solar energy. Recent improvements in collecting and storing methods have made it a much more attractive solution, price-wise.
 
A solar power system insulates you from rising energy prices by lowering your reliance on the grid while shrinking your carbon footprint. It works by connecting the solar panels on your roof to an inverter, which then converts the solar-generated DC (direct current) electricity to AC (alternating current) electricity, suitable for household use. Power is only drawn from the grid if your consumption exceeds solar generation.

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In the past, any unused energy generated was either wasted or sent back to the network. Now it’s possible to store it with technology like the Tesla Powerwall, drawing down power only when needed. By using smart technology, you can track and control your solar consumption via your phone, making it even easier to be energy efficient. 

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If you’d like to speak to a Metricon expert about what energy-efficient options might be available to you, contact us here.