Tips to save energy and money on Lighting

  • Switch off unused appliances at the wall to reduce standby power usage.
  • Ensure your fridge and freezer are set at +4 degrees Celsius (fridge) and -18 degrees Celsius (freezer).
  •  Place the fridge / freezer in a cool, well ventilated area.
  • Turn off your spare fridge / freezer when it is not needed.
  •  Replace fridge, freezer or oven seals if needed.
  •  Keep your dishwasher filter clean so that it runs efficiently.
  •  Avoid using a dryer whenever possible.
  •  Regularly clean the lint filter if you need to use a dryer.


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Home appliances make up a third of energy consumption and about 45% of greenhouse gas emissions across Australia. Despite the huge energy consumed, they have been great improvements seen in terms of appliances becoming more energy efficient in recent years. This is mainly due to the mandatory schemes implemented by the government, in particular the energy-rating label on appliances.

Before purchasing a new appliance, always consider the appropriate appliance size for your requirements. For example, if there are only 2 people living in your home, consider a smaller appliance over a larger one as it will cost less to run.

Additionally, it is always more worthwhile to invest in an appliance with a higher energy star rating even though the initial capital investment is higher. In the long term, this appliance will save you more money as compared to purchasing a cheaper lower energy rating appliance.

This activity received funding from the Australian Government. The views expressed herein are not necessarily the views of the Commonwealth of Australia, and the Commonwealth does not accept responsibility for any information or advice contained herein.