Reducing your energy use can save money and cut your carbon footprint. There are many simple ways to do this – many are free or low-cost. We've partnered with the Australian Energy Foundation (AEF) to provide you with free and trustworthy energy saving advice, services and products.
In 2018–2019 more than three quarters (78%) of the Glen Eira community’s carbon footprint came from the use of electricity and gas (sourced from burning fossil fuels). Find out here about other ways you can cut your carbon footprint. You can also pledge to cut your carbon footprint here.
- Tips on how to shop around for the best energy tariff
- How to heat and cool your home more cost-effectively, without sacrificing on comfort
- Easy ways you can use less energy when working, studying and cooking
- Recommend if you should consider powering your home with solar and the steps and investment required.
Here are some easy and cost-effective ways to save energy while keeping you and your family connected, comfortable, and entertained at home.
Your energy bill
Compare your energy bills quickly and easily with the Victorian Government’s Victorian Energy Compare online tool. If you haven’t reviewed your plan or energy provider for a while, you could end up saving quite a bit.
Did you know that heating makes up around 40% of your energy bill during winter? For many households, heating is their biggest energy expense.
- Choose the right heating system for your home. This is an important decision to make, as it locks in your heating costs for over a decade. Check out Check out Sustainability Victoria's guide to energy-efficient heating.
- Set your heating to between 18°C to 20°C. Every 1°C higher will add around 10% to your heating bill.
- If you can, zone your home so that it only heats the areas you’re using. You can do this by closing doors.
- Clean the filter of your return air grille monthly during the heating season to make sure the system operates effectively.
- Use electric blankets or heated throw rugs rather than heating the entire room. Personal heating options only cost around 3 cents per hour to run.
Do draughts get in under your doors, around the edges of your windows or through other gaps? If you were to add all up these cracks and gaps in the average Victorian home, it would be the equivalent of having a one by one and a half metre window open all the time. Draughts and air leakage can result in between 15-25% of heat loss.
- Draught proof gaps around external doors and windows with adhesive tapes or seals.
- Furnish windows with heavy curtains and pelmets, window films or, in a pinch, bubble wrap
- Pop a door snake at the bottom of doors.
Electronics and appliances
Our computers, TVs, gaming consoles and kitchen appliances are undergoing heavy use. Fridges are one of the highest energy users in the home, on average, 13% of your energy bill.
- Set your fridge to 3°C to 4°C, and your freezer to -15°C to -18°C.
- Replace faulty or missing fridge/freezer door seals. Check the door seal by placing a piece of paper in the seal and closing the door. The paper will hold firmly if the seal is working.
- Shut down your computer at night – don’t leave it hibernating
- Switch all devices to an energy-saving setting
- Put your laptop and phone chargers on a timer.
Free advice from the Australian Energy Foundation
From solar to insulation, the Australian Energy Foundation can provide you with advice on all areas of your home, even if you’re renting. They can also connect you with reliable suppliers for everything you need to make your home energy efficient. They conduct a rigorous procurement process so that you can buy with ease and confidence.
Areas they can help with include:
- Solar panels and battery storage
- Draught proofing
- LED lighting
- Hot water
- Heating and cooling
To get in touch with a friendly Energy Advisor you can:
The Australian Energy Foundation is a for purpose organisation, leading the way to an equitable zero carbon society. They accelerate the energy transition by empowering communities to take action. We've partnered with the AEF to provide you with free and trustworthy energy saving advice, services and products.