Simple ways to beat the heat in summer
KEEP THE HEAT OUT
Ensure your home is well insulated, draught proof, close curtains and shade the outside of windows with awnings, vines, trees or a shade sail.
USE A FAN
Use a fan instead of air conditioners, if possible. Fans use a fraction of the energy of air conditioners.
SET AT 24 DEGREES +
Set your air conditioner at 24 degrees or warmer – every degree cooler than this uses about ten percent more energy.
USE REVERSE CYCLE INSTEAD OF DUCTED
Reverse cycle split systems are more efficient as they can be switched off when not in use, without having to run a single large system to heat/cool unwanted spaces such as corridors/pantry.
REDUCE YOUR SPACE
Close the doors to unused spaces/rooms to cool the space with less energy.
Don’t add unnecessary heat to your home. Electrical appliances can emit heat when switched on. Turn off all lights and electrical appliances when not in use. Cooking outside on hot days rather than inside can reduce the need for extra cooling.
Cool yourself before your home. Have a cold shower or a splash of cool water on the neck can make you feel instantly cooler.
Simple ways to stay warm in winter
If you are heating your house, don’t let the heat escape through cracks, gaps and windows. Draught proof your house using draught tape to seal gaps and make sure windows are covered with curtains and pelmets. Ensure you maintain adequate ventilation if you are using a gas heater.
SET AT 18 DEGREES
HAVE SHORTER SHOWERS
Have a short but hot shower for less than 4 minutes. Even an additional few minutes of hot shower can make a difference to your power bill! Have your clothes ready to pop on as soon as you get out of the shower.
USE YOUR CURTAINS
Open curtains during the day to let the sunlight warm your home and close them in the evening to trap the heat in.