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How To Save Energy Around The House

Posted By Bunnings Ltd On June 23, 2010 @ 1:34 pm In Home Improvements | Comments Disabled

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In every home there are many simple and easy ways to save energy. Saving energy will help reduce your household costs and is environmentally sensitive.

House – General

Check for and repair any holes in your ceiling, floor, windows, walls, roof, pipes and plumbing. These can release cool or warm air which increases your energy usage especially when you are trying to keep your house cool in the summer and warm in the winter.

Block off the chimney when not in use as this will allow hot air to enter the house during summer. Repair any dripping faucets and remember to shut off or turn down appliances when going on an extended trip.

Heating and Cooling

Install ceiling and wall insulation [2] as this is the most efficient way to get the most out of your heating and cooling equipment – and a great way of reducing your electricity bill.

Install blinds, or solar screen shades to reduce heat gain in the house. Close windows when heating or cooling your home via a heater and fireplace or if you use a dehumidifier.

Use reverse angle ceiling fans to force hot air down to floor level – they only cost around one cent per hour to run and can reduce your heating costs.

Lighting

Turn off lights whenever you aren’t using them. Replace incandescent light bulbs with fluorescent economy saving bulbs. They provide the same quality and amount of light, but economy fluorescent bulbs use less energy and last longer.

Install motion detectors to control lighting in frequently unoccupied areas, such as the front door or side path. Make sure you clean light fittings annually as dirt can reduce their output.

Laundry

Wash clothes only when you have a full load. Use cold water whenever possible in operating the washing machine. Don’t rely on your dryer to dry your clothes, use the clothesline or mobile clothes racks as this saves power and will give your clothes a fresh outdoor aroma.

Kitchen

Use the dishwasher only when you have a full load. Open the refrigerator only when necessary. Defrost refrigerators and freezers before ice build-up becomes thick. Clean the refrigerator coils regularly.

Cook on range-top burners instead of in the oven whenever possible. Perform scheduled maintenance on the fridge, dishwasher and oven. Adjust door latches (if needed) and replace worn door gaskets.

Bathroom

Install a water restrictor or low-flow showerhead. Have a short shower instead of a bath to save water.

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