Tuesday, 05 January 2016 15:58

Summer tips to reduce energy

Light Years Ahead summer energy tips Light Years Ahead summer energy tips Credit: Jay La

Over the summer holidays it’s easy to notch up some nasty electricity bills while trying to keep your home cool.

Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC) President, Cllr Tony Hadchiti, has five tips for residents to make energy savings. WSROC’s Light Years Ahead project has been reducing council bills in nine Western Councils by replacing old street lights with energy-efficient LEDs - this activity received funding from the Australian Government.

Seal those gaps

Cooled air can easily escape through gaps into areas of your home that aren’t a cooling priority or may not be insulated. Sliding doors between your living space and garage are often a culprit. Adhesive window or door seals are found in most hardware stores while door snakes or rolled towels are just as effective.

Protect windows

Using outdoor screens, blinds or other shading products can reduce heat transmission through windows. Planting shade in front of or near windows may help. If you are renting, talk to your local garden centre about options for deciduous plants for pots or trellises which can be removed when you leave.

Alternate the air con with fans

Ceiling fans can consume far less energy than air-conditioners so run your air-conditioner in bursts and alternate with fans. Fans also help to circulate cooled air. Check your air-conditioner manual for timer and other energy-saving options and to compare energy-outputs.

Review appliances and catch January bargains

New appliances are often more energy efficient, yet it is important to carefully read labels and packaging. Look for the Australian Government’s Energy Rating App in your smartphone’s app-store to help decision-making and talk to your local retailer. Some shops will price match if you show competitors’ prices on your smartphone.

Love your fridge

Overstocking your fridge can make the motor run too hard, as air cannot circulate air properly. Create recipes with Christmas Day leftovers before you shop for new supplies. Shut the fridge door while you plan your next masterpiece or your fridge has to cool and circulate new air.

For more energy tips and to read about the Light Years Ahead project go to www.lightyearsahead.com.au.

Last modified on Wednesday, 06 January 2016 10:32