Saving energy in the living room

Heating

Heating accounts for approximately 50% of the energy usage of the average household. The type of heating you use and the way in which it is used will affect the costs associated with heating your home.

Space Heating

  • Ensure all doors to the room are closed to “trap” the heat.
  • Use the thermostat – set it between 18°C and 21°C.

Central Heating

  • Heat only the rooms you are using – close doors to other rooms and their vents.
  • Use the thermostat – set it between 18°C and 21°C.

Rating

  • Check the star rating – The higher the star rating, the more energy efficient your heater.

Insulation

Do you have roof, wall and under floor insulation?

  • These will help to maintain room temperatures for longer periods.
  • Don’t forget to use your “window insulation” – drawing the curtains will help to keep rooms warm. External blinds and double glazing will also help to maintain warmer inside temperatures.

Gaps

Are there any gaps around doors, windows or floors?

  • Any gaps around doors, windows or floors that allow a draught should be sealed.

Cooling

The type of air conditioner you use and the way in which it is used will affect the costs associated with cooling your home.

Reverse Cycle / Refrigerative

  • Close all doors and windows to the area/s being cooled while air conditioner is being operated use the thermostat – set it between 25°C and 27°C.

Evaporative

  • Ensure the unit is well ventilated.
  • Use the thermostat – set it between 25°C and 27°C.

Rating

  • Check the star rating – The higher the star rating, the more energy efficient your air conditioner.

Insulation

Do you have roof, wall and under floor insulation?

  • These will help to maintain room temperatures for longer periods.
  • Don’t forget to use your “window insulation” – drawing the curtains will help to keep rooms cool. External blinds and double glazing will also help to maintain cooler inside temperatures.

Fans

Do you have ceiling or portable fans?

  • Portable and ceiling fans are a good way to keep cool initially and when used in conjunction with air conditioning units.

Home entertainment systems and appliances

Leaving your home entertainment equipment “on stand by” is costing you money.

While not in use, your equipment could be costing you $100 or more over the course of one year.

According to the Sustainable Energy Authority, these are the costs associated with leaving your appliances on stand‑by:

>  Television and VCR / DVD

$23 per annum

>  Stereo / Hi Fi

$13 per annum

>  Home computer equipment

$20 per annum

>  Phone / fax, charger

$11 per annum

>  Gas pilot light for heater

$55 per annum

 

To save these costs:

  • Use the “off” button on your appliances rather than the “stand by” button.
  • Switch equipment off at the power point.