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Living Green in Autumn

Autumn is really the time to start getting your home ready for the up and coming winter.  By preparing your home for winter you’ll reduce your autumn energy bills by making your home more comfortable.  Not sure what I mean, then read on and all will become clear…

Depending on which state you live in will largely determine the severity of your autumn so for some these tips may reduce certain parts of your energy bill but for others it could eliminate them altogether.

Let’s start with the simple stuff that won’t cost you a cent to do:

  1. Firstly take a look around your home and see if there are any area’s where you can improve your energy efficiency and hold on to that heat.  Something simple like closing all the doors, this will retain the heat produced from the sun during the day and may even prevent you from having to turn on your electric heater.
  2. Do you live in a cooler region of Australia? Then turning your reverse split system air conditioner on may be your only option to keep warm.  Remember, always rug up, dress in layers so you can add or subtract depending on the weather, autumn can be an unpredictable month so be prepared for whatever it throughs at you.  Set you A/C to around 20 degrees Celsius, every degree higher can add on up to 5% on to your heating bill.
  3. Perhaps you live in a warmer region of Australia in which case you will rely on you’re A/C to cool your home at this time of year? Same rules apply dress in layers, only this time set you’re A/C to around 24 degree Celsius, this will help take the chill out of your autumn energy bills.
  4. Form good energy habits and always turn all your appliances off at the wall, standby consumption can account for more than $120 a year.
  5. Clothes dryers are energy guzzlers and should be used as occasional appliances.  Just because it’s cooling down don’t under estimate the power of the sun, it will still get your clothes dry.  Invest in a quality drying rack for inside during rainy times if you have the heating on stick the clothes in the room with you and they will be dry in no time.
  6. Hot water accounts for around 20% of the average Australian energy bills for your energy bills, which is a lot.  To reduce this avoid spending extra time in the shower to get warm, your hot water uses 20% more energy than standing under a heat lamp.  Wash your clothes in cold water to further reduce your energy bills.
  7. Swap out short car trips and take a stroll or ride your bike, you’ll help the environment and your health all in one go, not to mention keeping yourself warm with the extra exercise.
  8. Trim back all the lovely foliage hanging around your windows. They would have provided lovely shade in the heat of summer, trimming them back will let that beautiful autumn sun in to heat your home naturally.

 

Here are some other steps to take this autumn depending if your budget will allow, remember investing in these now will save you on your energy bills for years to come:

  1. Draft proof your home, it will prevent cool air getting in and warm air getting out or vis versa depending on where you live.  Fill all gaps and cracks, if you can feel air coming in then air will be escaping.  Air leakage will only increase your energy bills.  Simple devices like the Heat Saver can reduce your air leakage by up to 20%, other precautions you can take, buy draught excluders and caulking around gaps in windows and doors will stop this.
  2. Insulate your home, half the energy used to heat your home can actually escape through your roof, walls or floors.  Insulation will make your home more comfortable in autumn and spring to the point where you might not need to reach for your appliances to assist!  It’s a great way to reduce your overall heating and cooling bills all year round.  Make sure you do your research on which type is best for your home and have it installed according to Australian standards or by a registered professional.
  3. Dress your windows for the season you’re in, windows may let up to 35% of your autumn warmth escape out, so pop down to your local spotlight or Lindcraft and invest in sheer curtains for summer and heavy curtains for the cooler months.  Install blinds that attach to the wall and trap air flow if pelmets are not your style.
  4. You can install double glazed windows throughout your home which will assist in retaining the desired temperature of your home.
  5. Get all your appliances such as A/C units serviced before their big work out over winter, this will help maximise their efficiency.

More ways to be greener this autumn:

Spend time out doors with your family, you’ll save on your energy bills and have a great time.  It’s a great time to get cycling, surfing or running again, so whatever your poison get outside and enjoy it!

With all the falling leaves it’s a great time to start a compost pile or use it as mulch for your garden, not only will your plants and veggies love it but so will your hip pocket as it’s free.  Don’t have a veggie patch? Now is the time to get started.  With all the free compost and mulch on offer it would be rude not to.

Autumn is the ideal time to plant for all those yummy winter veggies.  Why stop there, why not start a worm farm and enjoy all the lovely worm tea it produces your veggies would love it.  Worm farms are great for using up veggie scraps that may otherwise end up in landfill.

Starting a veggie garden is not only great for your home but it will help reduce what you’re sending to landfill, what you don’t give to the worms add to your compost pile.  Challenge yourself this autumn see how much you can reduce your landfill bin by, you can surprise yourself with how much stuff you can reuse.

Our moto for autumn Reduce, Reuse & Recycle.

Don’t stop at the garden, before going out and buying some warmer clothes look at what you have in your wardrobe, if you still can’t find what you’re looking for you have lots of options.  Get your friends over and swap unwanted clothes with them after all one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.  Visit 2nd hand stores and make sure you recycle all your unwanted stuff, or have a garage sale and make yourself some cash.

Unfortunately we still have a lots of white goods ending up in landfill unnecessarily click here to find out how to dispose of your E-Waste sustainably.

Save Energy Save Money are here to help in whatever way we can, we understand the challenges faced with winter energy bills and are trying to do whatever we can to help keep costs low.  

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