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Episode 17 :: Switch off and save

A few simple switch-off habits can add up to big energy savings, and could save your household around $200 a year.

And if we all did our bit, we could save the country over $320 million of energy a year – which means more of today’s resources would be left for future generations.

Switch-off checklist

Here are some simple switch-off habits to get you started:

arrow Lights. It just makes sense – switch them off when you’re leaving a room. 
arrow Home entertainment. Television, games console, dvd player, digital television receiver, stereo: if you’re not using them, switch them off. And if you can still see a little red light, it is still using energy – switch them off at the wall when you can. 
arrow Second fridge. Unless you use it regularly, switch it off or consider getting rid of it altogether. 
arrow Phone chargers. If it’s warm, it’s still using energy. Unplug phone chargers from the wall once you’ve finished charging. 
arrow Washing machine. They still use stand-by energy when you’re not using them, so switch your washing machine off at the wall. 
arrow Kitchen appliances. Microwave, toaster, kettle, coffee machine and plenty of other plug-in appliances still consume electricity when you’re not using them, so switch them off at the wall. 
arrow Heated towel rails. Set the timer so they only switch on when you need them, instead of all the time. You can buy a timer from a hardware store. 
Computers. Use the power options on your computer to save electricity when you’re not using it. And, when you’re finished using it for the day, turn your computer off properly.

To get in the habit of switching off, make a list that you can keep adding to and put it somewhere the whole household can see it. Use the switch off checklist.

More easy, energy-saving habits

There are lots of other easy, energy saving habits you can get into around your home:

arrow Cold laundry washes. At four loads a week, using cold washes instead of hot could save around $50 to $75 of energy a year.
arrow Line-dry clothes. Using the sun to dry your clothes, rather than a dryer, can save you around $200 each year.
arrow Full dishwasher loads. Save water and energy by only running the dishwasher when it’s fully loaded, and then on an ‘eco’ or ‘fast’ wash setting. 
arrow Defrost the fridge/freezer. Ice build-up in your fridge or freezer can make run inefficiently. It can also prevent it from maintaining safe temperatures for food storage.
arrow Switch to efficient light bulbs. They use up to 80% less energy than old-style bulbs and there’s an energy efficient option for virtually all your lighting needs. 

For more ideas, download an action sheet on energy-saving tips for your home.

Did you know?

arrow We waste over $100 million a year across the country leaving our appliances on stand-by – so it pays to switch them off at the wall!

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