Energy Saving Tips

Whether you want to save money or the environment, we have some tips to help you be more energy efficient. 

Energy Saving Guide

We have created a guide of easy-to-use energy saving tips to help save both your wallet and the planet. Just download the PDF by clicking on the image below.

      energy saving guide

    Find out more about ways to save with: 

    • Heating and Cooling
    • Electronics
    • Insulating your home
    • Lighting
    • Fridges and Dishwashers
    • Hot Water
    • Off-peak, smart meters & time-of-use pricing
    • Washing machines and dryers
    • Outdoors, Garages and Sheds
    • Appliances and energy star ratings

    Energy Saving Videos

    Why not watch our energy saving videos? Although not blockbusters, they provide handy hints that you can implement straight away!

    Energy Saving Quiz

    Now that you've read through all our energy saving information test your knowledge with our Energy Saving Quiz. Good luck!

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    Energy efficiency schemes.

    There are three state-based energy efficiency schemes. For Victoria, there's the Victorian Energy Efficiency Target (VEET), South Australia has the the Residential Energy Efficiency Scheme (REES) and New South Wales the Energy Savings Scheme (ESS).

    By participating, you can save energy and money with reduced energy bills. Using less energy also means you are helping the environment by reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

    As part of these state government energy efficiency initiatives, Lumo Energy will promote household energy efficiency through a number of prescribed activities, which include:

    • Installation of energy efficient lighting
    • Information about hot water services
    • Information about heating and cooling systems
    • Household energy audits for those in South Australia

    Victorian customers, learn more about the Energy Saver Incentive.

    South Australian customers, learn more about the Residential Energy Efficiency Scheme.

    Customers who live in New South Wales can learn more about the Energy Savings Scheme.


    Cooling

    • If you have an air conditioner, set the temperature between 25ºC and 27ºC. Every extra degree increases your cooling energy use by between 5% and 10%.
    • Check the filter on your air conditioner and clean to the manufacturer’s instructions to keep it working more efficiently.
    • Ceiling and pedestal fans cost around two cents per hour of operation and reduce the temperature by 2ºC or 3ºC.

    References

    Australian Government: http://yourenergysavings.gov.au


    Heating

    • Set your thermostat to 18ºC to 20ºC in living areas during winter for the most energy efficient heating. Each degree higher could increase your running costs by up to 10%.

    References

    Victorian Government: http://sustainability.vic.gov.au

    Electronics

    • Standby power is a key source of hidden energy use that can amount to more than 10% of your household electricity consumption.
    • Turning the gaming console off at the wall instead of pressing the power button could save you approximately $160 per year off your electricity bill
    • Televisions are now the fourth largest electricity user in our homes. Home entertainment products alone are responsible for at least 5% of our household energy use — more than your washing machine, clothes dryer and dishwasher energy use combined.

    References

    Australian Government: http://yourenergysavings.gov.au

    Victorian Government: https://www.switchon.vic.gov.au

    Insulating your home

    • Insulation is the most cost-effective way to improve the energy efficiency and comfort of your home.
    • A well-insulated home could save you up to a staggering 45% on your energy bills!
    • Block up unused chimneys, seal gaps in floors, doors and windows. Draughts account for a significant amount of energy loss.

    References

    Victorian Government: http://sustainability.vic.gov.au

    Lighting

    • Lighting up your home with LED lights instead of incandescent or halogen lighting could reduce your lights ‘energy consumption by up to 80%.

    References

    Victorian Government: http://sustainability.vic.gov.au

    Fridges

    • When shopping for a fridge, look for one with an energy efficiency rating of at least 2.5 stars. Every extra star will reduce your running costs by around 20%
    • Set the temperature of the fresh food compartment to 3ºC to 5ºC and the freezer to -15ºC to -18ºC
    • Keep any coils at the back of the fridge free of dust, as dust on coils can act like an insulator, forcing your fridge to use more energy than necessary.
    • Make sure fridges and freezers are located in a cool, well ventilated space with a gap of at least 5cm for ventilation and heat dispersion.
    • Keep door seals airtight. A loose or damaged seal allows air to seep out, wasting energy and causing your fridge to work harder than it needs to.

    References

    Victorian Government: http://sustainability.vic.gov.au

    Australian Government: http://yourenergysavings.gov.au

    Dishwashers

    • Generally it’s best if your dishwasher is turned off once the cycle is complete. Avoid running the dishwasher when you’re about to go out as it will still be using energy once the cycle has run, unless you have a model that switches itself off.
    • Always wait to wash a full load, because most dishwashers use the same amount of water whether it’s completely full or not.

    Washing Machines

    • If you’re purchasing a washing machine, try to select one with at least a 3.5 star energy rating and 4 star water rating. Every extra star could save you up to 25% off your washing machine’s energy use on a warm cycle.
    • Switching to a cold wash could cut 80% to 90% off your running costs.
    • Using cold water every time you wash could save you around $115 per year.
    • Drying your clothes on the line can save you around $63 per year.

    References

    Victorian Government: http://sustainability.vic.gov.au

    Victorian Government: https://www.switchon.vic.gov.au

     

    Outdoors

    • In-ground pools can use as much as 30% of a household’s electricity bill. Choosing an 8-star pool pump can save you 4 times more electricity than a 2-star pool pump. This could save you more than $260 a year.

    References

    Australian Government: http://yourenergysavings.gov.au