10 Ways To Save Money, Energy And Water In Your Home
It’s no secret that the rising cost of electricity is putting added stress on many Australian families this winter, so a new educational initiative called ‘Our Home Our Planet’ has pulled together top 10 tips for reducing water and energy consumption in the home:
1. Did you know that household washing machines are a huge source of wasted water and energy? You can save up to 93KWh of energy each year simply by using an effective stain remover and running your washing machine on a short wash cycle – using cold water instead of hot water will save you even more energy too.
2. Line dry your clothing instead of using a tumble dryer.
3. Be smart about your energy use and wait until you have a full load of washing to do. Continually washing small loads of clothing not only wastes energy and water, but it costs you more in the long run.
4. In the average Australian home, 25% of household energy is used in water heating. Reducing the amount of hot water you use by dissolving a specially formulated floor cleaner in a bucket of cold water instead.
5. By using a dishwasher, you can save up to 7,800L of water and 183KWh of energy every year compared to washing up by hand.
6. Furthermore, every time you don’t pre-rinse your dishes before loading them into the dishwasher, you can save up to 7.5L of water.
7. Avoid pre-flushing your toilet prior to pouring in liquid cleaner and you can save up to 8L of water each time you clean your toilet.
8. Shorten the duration of your daily showers, and you’ll not only save water, you’ll also save the cost of heating.
9. Turn the tap off when brushing your teeth and save over 4,300 litres of water per person per year.
10. Save energy by turning off the lights in rooms you’re not using and by switching off your air freshener diffuser overnight.
‘Our Home Our Planet’ Ambassador and 2007 Prime Minister’s Environmentalist of the Year Arron Wood said, “If 50,000 Australian households practice these simple and practical OHOP tips, we can significantly reduce our carbon impact, and collectively save $3.8 million, 14.5 million kWh – enough energy to power 37,700 5-star family-sized fridges for a year – and 464 million litres of water each year – enough to fill more than 9,280 backyard swimming pools”.
Australians are encouraged to practice these energy and water saving tips and register their promise at www.ourhome-ourplanet.com.au. For every promise made, $1 will be donated on their behalf to a cause that directly affects all Australian residents; the Murray Darling River Foundation.