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Energy Smart Tips for the Home

An Energy Smart Home is more comfortable to live in, cheaper to run and reduces greenhouse gas emissions, protecting the environment for the entire community. Follow these simple measures to reduce your energy consumption and save money on your power bills. For further information visitĀ

Hot Water

  • Use a AAA rated showerhead to save money on water and energy bills.
  • Solar, heat pump hot water and/or high efficiency gas are best for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Insulate your hot water system to reduce heat loss.


  • Insulate the ceiling and walls of your house. This will make your home warmer in winter and cooler in summer and save on your heating and cooling bills.


  • Compact fluorescent lights use only 1/5 of the electricity of ordinary globes and last for up to 8 times longer.
  • Maximise the use of daylight.

Stop draughts and heat loss by:

  • Sealing gaps around external doors and windows.
  • Putting close fitting curtains on the windows.
  • Closing doors to conditioned areas.
  • Blocking off open fireplaces.


  • Cook toast in a toaster and not under a grill.
  • Put lids on pots while cooking.
  • Microwave ovens, followed by gas cookers and then fan forced ovens are the most energy efficient appliances and thus produce the least amount of greenhouse gases.

Heating and Cooling

  • Remember that a 1 degree fall in temperature in your home adds 10% to your heating bill. Conversely an increase in temperature during summer adds significantly to the energy required for cooling. Take heed of the points listed above regarding insulation and weather sealing and choose the most energy smart system available to suit your needs.
  • Choose the most appropriately sized system for your house.

Washing and Drying

  • Use the clothes line or clothes horse for free sun and wind drying.
  • Select high star rating appliances.
  • Front load washers are usually more efficient.
  • Wash with cold or warm water, not hot.


  • Maximise north facing living areas, minimise west and east facing windows.
  • Use shading that keeps the sun out in summer but allows it in during the winter months.

Green Power

  • Switch to Green Power and have your electricity supplied from renewable energy sources. Call 136 206 now or visitĀ

How can you find out more? Call SEDA's Energy Smart Information Centre for free advice; Phone 1300 138 638 or call in and see us at level 6, 45 Clarence St, Sydney (Close to Wynyard train station)