Electricity price increases and proposed further increases are prompting many electricity customers to take steps to reduce consumption and install renewable energy. By taking simple actions around your home or business, you can save money and help to protect our environment.
On this page you can learn how you can reduce your power use and save money on your electricity bill, as well as read information about Council's Community Building Sustainability Project, government rebates, incentives and support networks to assist you with your home or business energy use so that you can be more sustainable.
Saving energy at home
You can reduce your energy consumption at home and save money on electricity bills by following these simple suggestions:
- Wait for a full load in the dishwasher or washing machine before using.
- Switch off lights in rooms that are not being used. This simple action can save you approximately $120 a year.
- Switch off appliances at the wall to save standby power (and up to 11% of an average electricity bill).
- Choose energy efficient whitegood and electrical appliances. You should use the energy rating label to guide your purchase.
- Take shorter showers and replace electric hot water systems with solar hot water. Water heating can account for up to one-third of your household energy bill.
- Consider getting rid of your second, almost empty, fridge.
- Reduce drafts by closing vents and using draft stoppers under doors.
- Try and avoid using your clothes dryer as they are big energy consumers - use your clothesline instead.
- Shade your windows to keep cool. About half of unwanted heat comes through exposed windows.
- Wash your clothes in cold water - you can save approximately $35 each year off your power bill.
- Replace your lights with LED bulbs as these use the least amount of electricity. You may be able to replace your halogen downlights under the Energy Savings Scheme.
- Don't overheat. Ideally, you should keep rooms at a conformable 18-21 degrees in winter, as every one degree increase in temperature can increase the heating component of your power bill by up to ten per cent.
More information about saving energy at home and reducing your bills
- Information and tips on how to make your home more comfortable, while saving energy and reducing your bills. You can also find available assistance from the NSW and Australian Government:
Rebates and discounts
The NSW Government's rebate and discount programs improve energy efficiency in the home. You can reduce your energy use, save on power bills and help the environment by accessing the following rebates and discounts available for eligible NSW residents:
Energy efficiency upgrades
Energy efficiency means using less energy to provide the same service or achieve the same result - it's about doing things smarter. From turning off appliances to using cold water in your washing machine, there are many simple things you can do to save energy in the home.
You may be able to benefit from a range of energy efficiency upgrades in your home, such as replacing downlights with LEDs, under the Energy Savings Scheme. The upgrades are performed by accredited businesses, and they may also be able to provide discounted energy savings services or products.
You can read more about the scheme below:
Solar battery systems
The NSW Government's Home Solar Battery Guide helps households make informed decisions for those considering buying and owning a battery system. The guide provides information covering topics such as: understanding your energy use; how a home power station works; will a battery save me money, and buying a solar battery - what to look out for. You can read about the NSW Home Solar Battery Guide below:
Saving energy at work
As well as reducing your energy consumption at home, there are also a number of simple ways you can reduce your energy costs at your workplace or business:
- Switch off computers, monitors and electrical equipment at the end of each day.
- Switch off lights in areas that are not being used.
- Switch to energy efficient lighting.
- Replace air conditioning units more than ten years old.
- Fix leaks in compressed air systems.
- Install smart building controls to automatically switch off lights and air-conditioning systems.
- Use variable speed drive to control air conditioner fans.
- Increase the temperature setting when cooling your space.
There are many different types of home-based businesses, from those who work in the home, to tradies who are out and about on the road.
The Home-based Business Guide provides you with practical and realistic tips that cover everything from reducing household power use, to choosing and running motor vehicles:
- Home-based Business Guide - Australian Government Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources website.
More information about saving energy at work and reducing your bills
- The NSW Government provides information on energy management, as well as access to discounts and incentives for businesses to reduce energy use and save on power bills. You can take advantage of several schemes, which include subsidies for new appliances and equipment:
- The Energy Savings Scheme reduces energy consumption in NSW by providing financial incentives for businesses to invest in energy savings activities:
- Energy basics for business provides you with information such as: understanding and managing your power bills; selecting energy-efficient appliances and technology and how to use them efficiently; and finding the best energy deals:
- EnergyCut provides you with information about how to save money on your business' energy bills:
We can help you
If you need more information about saving energy, please contact Council's Sustainability Team on:
- T: 4474 1310
- E: Council's Sustainability Team