Remember the cheapest form of electricity is the energy you don't use

Try to use your power in the day when your solar is producing power and try to reduce power use when the sun goes down for the best saving from a grid connected solar system

Power Saving Tips

Here are a few ideas on how to cut your electricity costs

Air conditioner (Big power user)

Set air conditioner to recirculate mode when heating/cooling

15 to 20% can be saved by increasing the temperature above 25 degrees in summer 

Upgrade old air conditioners to efficient inverter models

Clean filters regularly

Home heating and cooling (Big power user)

A combination of electric roof extraction and ceiling fans can be a cost effective alternative to air conditioning

Ceiling fans use very little power and can be left on low on hot days to lower temperature even when the house isn't occupied

Use heaters with thermostat controls

Convert your heating to gas, rebates may be available

Close your curtains and shut doors and windows, close doors to unused rooms

Only heat the rooms you are actually

Insulate walls and ceilings including garage

Block gaps and cracks

Rug up!

Cooking (Big power user)

Use microwave ovens where possible

Match size of pot to what you are cooking

Check oven seals

Avoid opening oven doors when cooking

Use appropriate cooking temperatures

Cook several dishes at once

Gas BBQs can reduce your power usage

Electric Water heating ( Big power user)

Set thermostat to comfortable level (60 degrees) by a licenced electrician

Insulate pipes and tanks

Fix drips and leaks

Check pressure release valves for leaks

Turn off when away

Reduce hot water use

Upgrade to solar hot water heater

Pool pumps and cleaning (Moderate power users)

Back flush filters regularly

Speak to your pool shop about energy efficient pool pumps

Speak to your pool shop about LED pool lights

Speak to us about Australian made futurewave to save power on pool pumps usage costs

Refrigeration (Moderate power users)

Keep fridges and freezers defrosted

Clean the cooling coils behind the fridge once a year

Make sure door seals are working properly

Leave space around the fridge to allow  the heat generated to escape

Turn off extra fridges when not in use

Set the thermostat to the correct temperature

Each extra fridge can cost approximately $200+ per year, so consider upgrading rusty old beer fridges to new efficient models

Washing and drying clothes (Moderate power users)

Use cold water

Wash with a full load

Dry outdoors where possible (clothes dryers are heavy power users)

Spin dry the clothes before placing in the dryer

Don’t over or under-load dryers

Gas heated clothes dryers can be a lot cheaper to run 

Lighting (Moderate power users)

Replace halogen down lights and incandescent lights with compact fluorescent lights (CFL) or LED lights

Turn off lights in unoccupied rooms

Use natural light where possible (be aware of that sunlight brings radiant heat into your building)

Fit motion sensors to switch off lights when rooms aren't in use

Turn off outside lights or fit sensors to reduce on time while still maintaining security  

Light dimmers do save some power, but they do create a loss and are not always the best alternative for power saving

Dishwasher (Moderate power users)

Run dishwashers only when fully loaded

Connect the dishwasher to cold water

Let the contents dry naturally

Other appliances

Modern TVs use around 150-400 Watts and if left on for long periods can increase your power usage moderately

Standby equipment use small amounts of power so limit there on time

Empty vacuum cleaner bags and clean filters

Save your ironing until you have several items to iron

Use an electric blanket rather than heating a room 


For more information contact Rod Grono on:

Mobile 0416 209 716 or Email

PO Box 5867 South Windsor NSW Australia 2756

Western Sydney Solar