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Keep those energy bills cool!

summer cooling

With a lot of hot weather heading our way we need to ensure that you plan a head an prepare, here are SESM’s top tips!

  1. Cooking

You use a lot of energy in the kitchen and when you’re cooking it will contribute to your heating and cooling bills.  Plan ahead and make a list before you go shopping, buy local spray free food and keep the carbon foot print of your food down.

When you’re cooking make double or even triple and freeze what you don’t eat which means you’re saving on the energy and you will have 2 or 3 meals ready to go in your freezer.  If you are planning on cooking up once a week you’ll need to invest in a deep freezer, before you compare the prices compare the energy rating with Save Energy Save Money.

If you have solar cook your food during the peak sunlight hours and if not use your timer switches and cook your food during your off-peak energy tariff where possible, you can use a microwave to heat up your food which will use less energy and reduce the heat being added to you home.

Alternatively make salads and cook on the BBQ outside or visit parks with BBQ area’s.

  1. Cooling

Install celling fans where possible, if you’re in a rental buy some pedestal or floor fans to add around your home, sitting under a fan can actually make you feel up to 5 degrees cooler.  Open windows and doors and let the cool breeze flow through your home.  When the heat of the day hits trap that cool air in by closing the doors and windows to the room you’re in.

If you have a water feature or thinking on setting up paddling pool position it near a window and take advantage of some passive cooling, the water will cool the air before it blows through your home.

Have you’re A/C unit serviced and gassed and keep the thermostat at a cool 24 degrees ever degree higher adds on 5% to your energy bills.

  1. Entertainment

Make sure all game consoles, TV’s and stereos are switched off at the wall, stand by consumption can cost you up to $120 a year on your energy bills.  It’s a time to be out doors go for a swim or a bush walk under a rainforest canopy.  Looking for an escape for the heat of the day then visit the cinema or the local mall with friends and free load off their air conditioning!

If you have any tips you would like to share with everyone on staying out of the heat we would love to hear from you!

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Julie Moore is Co-founder & Director of Save Energy Save Money, Australia’s first energy and price comparison website. With over 10 years’ experience in the corporate world Julie ensures Save Energy Save Money provides you with the energy information you need to make informed decisions. Helping to contribute to a more sustainable Australia.

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