Energy saving tips

Some you may be aware of but check if there are still improvements you can make...
  • Replace your incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescent lights. CFL bulbs use only about a third as much electricity as standard incandescents.

  • All outdoor lighting should be fitted with a motion-detector to ensure power is only used when required.

  • Add insulation to your hot water tank. Most hardware shops sell pre-made insulator jackets. Adding insulation to your hot water tank and any pipes could reduce your heating water bill by up to 15 percent.

  • Be sure to turn off all appliances and don't leave them on stand-by. TVs and other appliances left on standby account for over 5% of total electricity usage in the home.

Refrigerators and Freezers

  • Place your refrigerator and freezer in a cool, well-ventilated place. This will help the refrigerator work more efficiently.

  • Clean dirt and dust from your refrigerator back and especially the condenser coil regularly. This will help your refrigerator operate more efficiently.

  • Test your refrigerator temperature and adjust the setting to maintain the correct temperature. To check refrigerator temperature, place an appliance thermometer in a glass of water in the center of the refrigerator. Read it after 24 hours. To check the freezer temperature, place a thermometer between frozen packages. Read it after 24 hours.

  • Check that the door seals are sealing against the frame to avoid air leaks.

Washers and Dryers

  • Clean the dryer's lint filter after every load to improve air circulation and check the extractor pipe is clean and clear. Make sure the dryer is vented properly to the outside.

  • Hang-dry your clothes outside on sunny days if possible.

  • Wash your clothes in cold water using cold water detergents. This saves on water heating energy whether electrically heater or by other means.

  • Periodically inspect your dryer vent to ensure it is not blocked.


  • Run your dishwasher with full loads only.
  • If your unit has an energy-saving setting, test if the dishes will still come out clean.
  • Use the most economical setting for the degree of soiling of your dishes and cutlery.
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