Making a few small changes to the way you use energy could make a difference to your next energy bill.

Change to gas
Switch from electric to gas hot water to really take advantage of energy savings.

Insulate your hot water pipes and tanks
This minimises heat loss.

Switch appliances off at the wall
TVs, DVD players, computers, stereos and game consoles still use energy in standby mode. When not in use, switch these appliances off at the wall.

Use lamps or spotlights
If you only need a small amount of light, use lamps or spotlights instead of main lights.

How many lights are on?
Turn off lights in the rooms you’re not using.

Use the economy cycle for everyday washing and only run the dishwasher when it’s full. This helps save water too.

Fridge and freezer
Set your fridge temperature to that recommended by the manufacturer. Keep fridges and freezers in a cool, well-ventilated spot away from the oven and the sun to save electricity. Keep a five-centimetre gap around your fridge so air can circulate freely.

Washing clothes
Only run the washing machine or dryer on full load. Use cold water to wash clothes and spin them thoroughly before drying.

Drying clothes
Use a clothes line instead of a dryer wherever possible. Only use a dryer with a full load and when clothes are wrung well first. Clothes should never be placed in the dryer dripping wet. Keep the lint filter clean.

Use timers and sensors
Use programmable timers and sensors to light outside areas.

Reduce your need for heating
Close the doors to unused rooms to reduce the area you need to cool or heat.
Keep curtains closed to reduce the amount of energy needed to maintain a consistent temperature inside.
Rather than heat your bedroom, add another blanket to your bed.

Look after your heating systems
Turn off your heating overnight and when you’re not home.