Global warming and the unsustainable use of natural resources to meet energy demands is one of the core environmental issues facing societies throughout the world.
Council therefore encourages residents and businesses alike to play their part in reducing the production of greenhouse gases and the unnecessary use of resources by considering their current energy use patterns.
To reduce your current energy use consider implementing the following simple measures:
- Install appliances with a high energy star rating and of an appropriate size for your family. Using appliances that are too large for your family size may be costing you more money than you need to pay.
- Close doors between rooms when using heating and cooling appliances, and turn off appliances when you leave a room.
- Set heating appliances to 18-21 degrees celsius during winter and cooling appliances to 23-26 degrees celsius during summer.
- Insulate your home to reduce the loss of warm and cold air through the roof cavity and walls.
- Allow adequate flow around the coils on fridges and freezers.
- Only use dishwashers and washing machines when you have a full load. Alternatively adjust the load setting to wash half loads.
- Ensure the seals on fridges and ovens are efficient in preventing the loss of hot and cold air. If your seals are damaged it could be costing you money as appliances cut in more regularly.
- Use the microwave oven, toaster and kettle rather than the conventional oven and cooktop to cook and reheat food as it uses much less energy.
- Install low flow shower heads and take shorter showers.
- Insulate hot water pipes and locate the hot water system as close to hot water using appliances as is possible.
- When going on holidays turn the hot water system off.
- Use natural light by opening blinds and curtains rather than turning on artificial lights during daylight hours.
- Install compact fluorescent light globes as they last ten times longer than a traditional light globe and use a lot less energy. Also consider installing lower wattage globes.
- Turn off lights when you leave a room.
- Use sensors on outdoor lights to ensure they are not left on all night.
- Clean light fittings regularly to reduce the build up of dust and to ensure good light.
- Use cold water when washing clothes and only operate washing machines when there is a full load to wash. Alternatively adjust the load setting when you only have a half load to wash.
- Only use the clothes dryer when absolutely necessary. Where possible use a clothes line or clothes horse to dry clothes.
- When building a new house ensure living areas such as lounge rooms, and the kitchen are on the northern side of the house to maximise warmth and light from the sun, and ensure windows and doors are located to allow good cross ventilation.
- Turn electrical appliances off at the power point. Leaving them in standby mode will allow them to continue to use electricity.
- Consider purchasing Green Power as an alternative to your current energy supply to reduce the amount of greenhouse gases your energy use produces. For further information visit www.greenpower.nsw.gov.au.
- Walk, ride a bike, car pool or take public transport rather than driving your car.
See Fun Stuff for fun ways to work out your energy usage and for more tips on saving energy.
Be aware of your energy consumption. Borrow a "Focus on Energy Reduction" kit from Council's Customer Service Centre or one of Council's four branch libraries. The attached link will show you how to use it and how to make energy savings by auditing your power usage.