First published on 16 Aug 2011. Updated on 17 Aug 2011.
Thick curtains minimise heat loss and keep your home cool through the summer.
Turning down heaters and not heating rooms you're not using will save you $150 annually.
Using a fan instead of air con boosts natural air flow and slashes your power bill by $110 each year while reducing carbon pollution by 550kg.
Turn off at the wall TVs, DVDs, VCRs, set-top boxes, games consoles, stereos and computers. You'll cut your home's carbon pollution by 500kg per year.
Mobile phone chargers left plugged in use power ever if they're not connected to your phone.
Standby power accounts for 10 per cent of your power bill and costs the average home $100 every year.
Close windows, shut doors, hang curtains. A window loses 10 times as much heat as the same area of insulated wall.
Activate power-saving features on computers, screens, faxes, scanners, printers and office equipment.
Air conditioners guzzle more power in summer than your electric hot water system. Turn off the air con, use blinds to block the sun and buy a fan!
Choose an energy-efficient front loader - you'll remove the stain of 350kg of dirty carbon pollution annually.
Your electric hot water system accounts for over a third of your home's annual power bill. Use wisely.
Choose a washing machine with variable water levels to save H20 and shorten the cycle. Wash full loads only.
A 4.5 star energy efficient washing machine saves 100 litres per wash (that's 31,000 litres a year, half a backyard pool) and earns a $150 rebate bought new.
Clothes wash just as well in cold water and are less likely to shrink and fade. Wash cold and save $30 annually and remove 400kg of dirty carbon pollution from the atmosphere.
Hot water systems account for a third of a home's electricity use. Switch to solar and get up to 80 per cent free!
Recycle your dryer and hang your clothes out to dry in the sunshine.
Install Insulation Up to 35 per cent of heat loss disappears via the roof. Ceiling insulation keeps your home warmer in winter and cooler in summer, saves you up to $100 and 5ookg of carbon pollution! There's an Ausralian Government rebate of up to $1,600 too.
Cutting your shower time by three minutes can save $30 and 500kg of carbon pollution per person per year.
A standard showerhead uses 25 litres of water per minute, but water-efficient showerheads use as little as seven.
There are NSW and Australian Government rebates for switching to solar. Going solar reduces the electricity consumption of your hot water system by 70 per cent, saving you up to $140 on your annual power bills and reducing your home's carbon pollution by over 2000kg.
Make sure your fridge is in a cool spot and the seals work. If replacing, buy a 5 star energy efficient fridge.
Fridges and freezers use more power nearly empty than when full. Recycle your fridge at fridgebuyback.com.au and get $35!
Running two small fridges costs more than running one large fridge.