Save energy and money at home

Save energy and money at home
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The actions, behaviours and choices that we make in our everyday lives can have a significant impact on our natural environment. Save Energy Money Home canterbury bankstown The actions, behaviours and choices that we make in our everyday lives can have a significant impact on our natural environment.  
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In Australia, 90 per cent of electricity is generated by burning fossil fuels, mainly coal. This contributes to the greenhouse gases that warm our planet.

You can save money and help protect our environment by making a few changes at home. You could:

  • Install efficient lighting and turn lights off when not needed;
  • Turn off your appliances at the wall, which can reduce standby energy usage by more than 10 per cent;
  • For hot water systems, adjust the thermostat to 60 degrees for a storage and 50 for an instantaneous system;
  • Ensure you have installed adequate insulation and draft proofing (R4.1 for ceilings; R2.8 for wall and sub-floor);
  • Reduce shower times and install a low-flow shower head;
  • Set central heating to between 18 degrees and 21 degrees in winter or 23 degrees and 25 degrees in summer;
  • Where possible, use fans with air conditioners (or better yet, instead of A/C) to circulate warm air in winter and cold air in summer; and
  • Use cold water for all clothes washing.

There are a number of programs and initiatives to support householders, industry and the community to save energy and reduce emissions. With Our Energy Future, you can:

  • Access government rebates for the installation of solar pa​nels and discounted energy efficient lighting;
  • Come to free information sessions on energy efficiency and renewable energy for your home or investment property; and
  • Purchase accredited green power.

For details, visit cb.city/ourenergyfuture.

And for eligible residents (residents requiring specific support or suffering financial distress), Power to Save can provide:

  • Government energy rebates;
  • Discounted energy-efficient lighting for households; and
  • An appliance replacement offer (40 per cent off a fridge and 50 per cent off a new television).

For details, see www.powertosave.nsw.gov.au.

Energy Made Easy

The Federal Government has developed an online tool to help you compare electricity and gas offers, understand your energy bills and learn about energy consumer rights. For details, go to www.energymadeeasy.gov.au.