Tips for saving energy

These simple tips can help you save energy.

 

Living areas

  • In summer keep air cool by closing windows, doors, curtains and blinds.
  • Use fans rather than air conditioners and set your air conditioner to between 23°C and 26°C.
  • In winter reduce draughts by closing windows, doors and curtains.
  • Set central heating to between 18°C and 21°C.
  • Replace Halogen downlights with new LED Technology.
  • Where battens exist, use compact fluorescents or LED lamps.
  • Switch off appliances at the wall.
  • Buy appliances with the best energy efficiency ratings that you can afford.

Kitchen

  • Provide space for air to circulate around the fridge and ensure door seals are intact.
  • Use an electric frypan, pressure cooker or microwave rather than the oven.
  • Cover pots and pans to reduce cooking time.
  • Only run the dishwasher when full.

Bathroom and laundry

  • Use cold water where possible.
  • Avoid using the clothes dryer—hang clothes instead.
  • Lower the water heater thermostat to between 60°C and 65°C.
  • Use your washing machine only when you have a full load.
  • Select a low-flow shower head with a flow rate of less than 10 litres per minute.

Pools

  • During the design phase, consider reducing the size and volume of your pool.
  • Use a pool cover to retain heat and install an efficient filtration pump.
  • Use solar heating for the water.
  • Install the minimal amount of lighting.