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Energy saving tips

Energy tips that could save you money:

We got some energy tips from Q energy that could help you save the environment and also your pocket.

Heating and Air Conditioning

  • Regularly clean or replace heater and air-conditioner filters and have your system serviced as recommended by the manufacture to maximise efficiency.

  • In cooler months, closing curtains will help keep the heat inside rather than it escaping through windows.

Hot water

  • Electric hot water systems should be set between 55°C and 60°C. Many systems are set at an unnecessarily high temperature.

  • Choose a water system of the right size to service your hot water consumption. Large systems use more energy to heat unused water.

  • Insulate hot water pipes to reduce heat loss and keep your system operating efficiently.

  • Regularly service your hot water system.

  • If going away for extended periods, turn off your hot water system at the power point.

Appliances

  • Always wash full loads in both dishwashers and washing machines and try to use the fastest cycle. This will save water and energy.

  • Most household appliances have energy star ratings, so when updating, look for the most energy efficient.

  • Switch appliances off at the wall rather than using stand by.

  • Keep filters clean on dishwashers, rangehoods and clothes dryers.

  • Smaller appliances like kettles, coffee machines, crockpots and toasters are more efficient than using the stove.

Kitchens

  • When cooking, do not overfill pots with water. Use the minimum quantity of water needed and keep the lid on.

  • Depending on use, cooking equipment should be serviced twice a year to ensure it is always working at peak efficiency. Also, regularly checking seals and hinges will alert you if equipment needs repair to ensure maximum efficiency.

  • Keep dishwasher and dryer filters clean.

Refrigerators

  • Like any other mechanical equipment, newer refrigerators are more energy efficient. By trading in old for new, you could save on energy costs.

  • Performing regular maintenance checks can increase your refrigerator’s lifespan and replacing cracked door seals will prevent cold air from leaking out.

  • Frost build-up should be no more than 6mm. Keep freezers as full as possible to reduce icing.

  • Ensure the refrigerator/freezer is placed in a location away from heat and positioned for optimal airflow.

  • Keep condenser coils clean and free of dust build up for better efficiency.

  • If closing your business for a holiday period, empty and turn off the fridge, leaving the door open.