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How to Save Energy in Your Home

Reducing your energy consumption at home will not only save you money but also benefit the environment. Appliances left on stand-by, leaky hot water taps, long wash cycles and inappropriate temperature settings will all end up costing more than you may realise.

Implementing simple, energy-saving measures into your routine is not hard and is worth it. Appliances like dishwashers, fridges, TVs, set-top boxes, heaters, air conditioning units, digital cameras, iPods and phones all use energy and many are either left on the charger too long or left permanently on stand-by.

Follow these tips to reduce your energy consumption.
Eco Wash
Collect a full load before using your washing machine. Otherwise, use the economy setting or make sure the water level is set on low. Front loading washing machines are more economical on water and energy.
The same rules apply to dishwashers. Only use the dishwasher once you have a full load. Bosch Dishwashers come in a stylish and affordable range with eco wash settings and excellent saving rates for water and energy.
Temperature Settings
The fridge is one thing that can not be turned off as it is in constant use. One way of ensuring you are not wasting money is to check the temperature gauge each season. During the hot months of the Australian summer, the temperature may need adjusting upwards. During winter, economise with a lower temperature.
Westinghouse fridges have a great range of bar fridges that you may only be using occasionally. Any time a spare fridge is not in use, it’s best turned off at the switch to save on your quarterly energy bill.
Re-charge and Unplug
There are many appliances that require regular re-charging. Most chargers for mobile phones, digital cameras and mp3 players continue to use power as long as they are plugged in. Even when your device is removed from the charger it still uses power. There are smart charging stations now available that allow simultaneous charging of multiple devices and an automatic switch-off when done.
Canon cameras use rechargeable lithium batteries. The benefit of these is a greater storage capacity than other batteries. Once lithium batteries are charged they will retain their charge longer than normal batteries.
Turn Appliances Off at the Switch
Televisions, digital set top boxes, game consoles and some types of heaters are often left in stand-by mode for long periods of time when no one is home. This can build to a significant waste of energy. There is a range of energy saving power boards that you can plug a group of appliances into and turn all your appliances off together in one easy flick of a switch.
Energy Efficient Lighting
Changing to energy-saving light bulbs saves energy and extends the life of the bulb. Always turn off lights when leaving a room and keep lighting to a minimum during the evening. Having a flexible range of lighting options is a good idea for conserving energy and preventing wasteful use.
Government grants are available for more energy efficient installations in your home. A solar panel on the roof can radically decrease your energy consumption and, of course, plays easier on the environment.

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