GoSwitch Power Diet Plan
There are two ways you can minimise your bill. The first is to make sure you’re paying a low price per kilowatt. The second is to use as few kilowatts as possible.
With this in mind, we have developed a simple 6-step ‘Power Diet’ to help you slim down your big fat bill:
- Step 1 – Start off on the right foot: Make sure you are on the right energy plan for you by comparing a range energy plans and switching through www.GoSwitch.com.au
- Step 2 – Make a plan: Look on your most recent bill for how many kilowatts you consumed and set yourself a goal for cutting down – your recommended kilowatt intake
- Step 3 – Watch your intake: Identify the power guzzlers in your home and moderate your consumption. We have developed a Power Pyramid, showing how some of the main household appliances compare. Some appliances are particularly energy intensive and should be thought of like fast food (the clothes dryer is a main offender here)
- Step 4 – Be active: Say no to standby mode and unplug appliances at the wall. As much as 20% of your bill can result from ‘energy leaks’ or appliances on standby mode
- Step 5 – Get the right gear: Get rid of your second fridge and your third television, and replace old appliances with ones that are more energy efficient
- Step 6 – Nature’s best: There are hundreds of ways you can switch off the power and take advantage of natural energy. A few tips for improving the energy efficiency of your home are listed in the Energy Saving Tips section of our website
Heating – How to heat up your home efficiently
1. Choose the right size appliance for the area you want to heat.
2. Use space heaters when heating a single room.
3. Open curtains during the day to let sunlight in to your home.
4. Close doors, windows and curtains when trying to keep heat in.
Keep doors to cold rooms (like kitchens, bathrooms and laundries) closed. This can prevent up to 75% of total heat loss from a home.
Stop draughts by sealing unused chimneys with chimney dampers, sealing gaps around doors, and switching off range hoods and exhaust fans.
7. Insulate ceiling, walls, and floors.
Hot Water – How to save power when heating up your hot water
8. Switch off your electric hot water unit if you’re going away for a week or more.
9. Set the temperature of your hot water between 60°C and 65°C.
10. If you have small children, set your bathroom hot water temperature to 50°C-55°C to decrease the risk of scalding.
11. Fix that drip! A hot water tap dripping at the rate of 1 drip per second can waste up to $25 worth of hot water in a year.
12. Installing a AAA-rated water efficient shower hose can result in significant savings on both your energy and water bills.
13. Installing a solar-boosted hot water unit can save you up to 90% of your hot water costs on a sunny day.
14. Insulate your pipes for your hot water service to prevent heat loss.
Bathroom – How to save water in the bathroom
15. Fix dripping taps.
16. Use only cold water where possible.
17. Use the bathroom plug when shaving or washing.
Cooking – How to save power in the kitchen
18. Microwaves can cook food three times faster than a standard oven while using up to 70% less electricity.
19. Use the least amount of required water when steaming.
20. Where possible, cook food with a lid on.
21. Thaw foods completely before cooking.
22. Only boil as much water as you need in a kettle.
23. An electric kettle consumes less energy than boiling water on a stove.
24. Only pre-heat oven if necessary.
25. Pressure cookers require only half the energy as standard ovens.
26. Avoid opening the oven door when cooking as it reduces the temperature by up to 20 degrees each time.
Storing Food – How to store food energy efficiently
The temperature of your fridge should be set between 3°C and 4°C whilst your freezer should be set between -15°C and -18°C.
28. Defrost your freezer if required as it restricts the flow of cold air.
29. Fridges should be kept out of direct sunlight where possible.
Dishwasher – How to save electricity with your dishwasher
30. Only run the dishwasher with a full load.
31. Turn off the dishwasher before drying cycle and opening the door to let the dishes air-dry.
32. Select the Economy cycle where possible.
33. Only run the dishwasher when full.
34. Use cold water when rinsing dishes before loading them into the dishwasher.
Laundry – How to save water in the laundry
35. Only wash whites and heavily soiled clothes with hot water.
36. Over-loaded machines use more electricity and don’t launder the clothes as well.
37. Dry clothes out doors or use a clothes horse where possible. Remember – dry, windy days dry clothes quickly.
38. Ensure the lint filter is clean before turning on the dryer.
Computers – How to save electricity with your computers and laptops
39. Turn off the computer screen if it won’t be in use for more than 10 minutes.
40. Energy star computers with a sleep mode consume up to 80% less energy than conventional computers, with laptops up to 90%.
Lights – How to save energy with lights
41. Turn the lights off when leaving a room.
42. Turn power off at the power point when an appliance won’t be used for a few hours or more.
43. Energy efficient lamps consume up to 75% less energy than incandescent ones and can last up to 8 times longer.
Energy Ratings – How to choose energy efficient appliances
44. When buying any electrical appliance, look for an energy rating as it indicates the appliance’s level of efficiency.
Outdoors – How to save energy and water in your backyard or garden
45. Use a solar heater for the pool or spa.
46. Keep the swimming pool water temperature below 27 degrees.
47. Use a timer to turn the pool filter pump on and off.
48. Cover the pool or spa with a pool blanket when not in use.
49. Install programmable timers, daylight sensors or motion sensors to control outdoor security and lighting.
50. Use florescent lighting or compact florescent lamps fitted to security lights and outdoor lights that are on for more than 4 hours per day.
Other ways to save power around the home
51. As a general rule, larger appliances use more energy.
52. Leaving TV’s, VCR’s, DVD’s, and stereos on stand-by mode can generate up to 150 kilograms of greenhouse gas per year.
53. An average household spends 2% of total energy costs on lighting.
54. The average household spends up to 25% of total energy costs on hot water.
55. 9% of average household energy costs is attributed to refrigerators and freezers.
56. AAA-rated water efficient shower rose can reduce hot water usage by up to 70%.
57. Solar boosted hot water can save up to 50% of household hot water costs.
58. The average household spends up to 8% on total energy costs on cooking.
59. Approximately 50% of total household costs are attributed to heating.
60. A high efficiency ducted system with a zoning option could save up to $400 a year in running costs compared with low efficiency alternatives that heat the whole house.
61. A heated towel rack can cost up to $160 a year to operate.
62. A dripping hot water tap can waste 12,000 litres of hot water a year.
63. A computer screen consumes more energy than the processor.
64. Taking 3 minute showers instead of baths can save up to $20 per person per year.
65. Freezers cost more to run than fridges.
66. Freezers are most efficient when packed at the recommended capacity.
67. Fan-forced ovens use up to 35% less energy than conventional ovens.
68. Microwaves use up to 70% less energy than ovens.
69. Front-loading washing machines are up to 15% more energy efficient than top loading machines.