We’ve found 10 of the best household tips from 10percentchallenge.com.au to save you stacks of cash at home. Take the challenge to reduce your energy use by 10%.
1. Be appliance savvy. Buy the most efficient energy-rated appliances and you could save over $4,000 in electricity and water over the 10 years.
2. Get turned off. Switch off all your appliances at the plug when you’re not using them.
3. Stop drowning in bills. Use a water saving showerhead and save an extra $100 annually. Take 4-minute showers. Install a solar hot water system and reduce your water heating bills by well over 50%.
4. Shop around. Visit government price comparison websites such as www.myenergyoffers.nsw.gov.au or www.yourchoice.vic.gov.au to find the best deal.
5. Keep winter bills cool. Buy the most efficient heater you can afford and keep thermostats at 18°C-20°C.
6. Don’t launder your money. Wash full loads in cold water at off-peak times. Use a dryer sparingly and only at off-peak times. Whenever possible, hang your clothes to dry in the sun.
7. Cook up the savings. Where possible, cook food in a microwave – it’s quicker and uses a lot less energy than a conventional oven. Fan forced ovens also use up to 30% less energy than conventional ovens.
8. Lighten your energy costs. Replace incandescent globes with energy saving globes that use up to 75% less power. Invest in new generation super-efficient LED lighting that can last up to 4 years. Visit Beacon Lighting, we’re Australia’s foremost advisers on energy saving lighting ideas!
9. Don’t wait. Insulate. Insulation can slash your annual energy bills by up to $200 or more.
10. Pump out the savings. Avoid needless acceleration and hard braking. Clear out the clutter from your boot and back seat. Properly inflate your tyres every 2 weeks. Avoid short trips and peak hour traffic.