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Green Smart Magazine : GreenSmart 2010
Bathroom + laundry -- reduce hot water use One of the biggest users of power in the home is an electric hot water system, accounting for around a third of household power use. Switching from electric to solar hot water can reduce your power bill by around $140 each year and save up to 2100kg of carbon pollution (that's 42,000 black balloons). If a new hot water system is not an option, simple actions such as reducing your shower time by three minutes can save $30 per person per year on power bills. In a three- person household, that's a saving of around $90 a year and a reduction of 1500kg of carbon pollution (or 30,000 black balloons). We all need to do the laundry but remember that more power is used by hot or warm wash cycles. By selecting a cold wash you can save about $30 each year on your power bill and also cut 400kg of carbon pollution (that's 8000 black balloons). Hanging your clothes outside to dry instead of using a dryer can save up to $280 on your yearly power bill and cut your household's carbon pollution by 1400kg (28,000 black balloons). Kitchen -- chill out Setting your fridge temperature at the right level and making sure that it is operating efficiently can shave about $20 off your power bill and lower your household carbon pollution by 100kg (or 2000 black balloons) a year. The recommended temperature to keep food fresh is 3--4°C for fridges, and -18°C for freezers. Recycling your second fridge can slice another $210 a year off your power bill -- and you'll also reduce your annual household carbon pollution by more than 1050kg (or 21,000 black balloons). For information on how you can have your fridge collected for free and be eligible for a rebate visit www.fridgebuyback.com.au. Heating -- keep warm for less Heating consumes a lot of power and is a big contributor to carbon pollution. Choosing an energy-efficient heating system can reduce your power consumption by around 40 per cent. Gas is the most energy-efficient fuel and so a natural gas heater is usually the best heating choice. If you don't have gas, a reverse cycle heater is also a good option. Both gas and reverse cycle heaters have energy rating labels to help you choose the most efficient model. Windows are a big source of unwanted heat loss in the home, with up to 30 per cent of total heat loss occurring through uncovered windows. Fitting effective coverings on your windows can cut your power bill by around $40 or more and reduce carbon pollution by 200kg (4000 balloons) each year. gs Source: All statistics and information sourced from www.savepower.nsw.gov.au and modelled on a typical three-person home in NSW paying $0.21per kW. winter warmers how to save power this winter • Use extra layers -- wearing warmer clothing and using an extra blanket on the bed means you don't need to have your heater turned up so high. And decreasing your temperature setting by just one degree reduces your power consumption rate by up to 10 per cent. Saves around $140 and 550kg of carbon pollution each year. • Block off heat loss -- when your heater's on, make sure you always shut windows and doors and close curtains, especially at night as a window can lose 10 times as much heat as the same area of insulated wall. Saves around $40 and 200kg of carbon pollution each year. • Zone your home -- use doors to divide spaces into smaller areas -- it takes less power to heat a specific area rather than the entire house. Saves around $60 and 300kg of carbon pollution each year. • Make a curtain call -- use curtains, particularly thick ones, to minimise heat loss on winter nights. Saves around $40 and 200kg of carbon pollution each year. • Stop the draught -- draught-proofing by sealing gaps and using draught excluders on your doors makes your home more comfortable and can save you up to 25 per cent on your power bill. Saves around $20 and 100kg of carbon pollution each year. Source: www.savepower.nsw.gov.au. greensmart 2010 61