Frequently Asked Questions
Here are some commonly asked questions we get about Solar
5 ways to reduce your home energy bill now that won’t cost you a thing.
1. Hot water
Hot water can be the biggest drain on your energy bill.
If you want to conserve water, wash your clothes in cold water and only wash full loads. Run the dishwasher only when it’s full and scrape plates first then cold water rinse if they need it. Fit a low-flow showerhead (it’ll pay for itself in no time) and take shorter showers.
2. Climate control
Heating and cooling are usually the next biggest energy hogs.
When it’s winter, set your thermostat to 18°C to 20°C. When it’s summer, set your thermostat to 25°C to 27°C. Every extra degree you increase your heating and cooling energy use by between 5% and 10%. Close internal doors and only heat or cool the rooms you’re using.
Up to 40% of the heat in your home could be escaping through your windows.
In winter, open curtains to let the sun in and close them before it gets dark to keep heat in. In summer, close your curtains and windows during the hottest part of the day. At night, open curtains and windows to let warm air out and cool breezes in.
4. Heavy appliances
Appliances could cost you up to 30% of your energy bill.
Turn off fridges and freezers when not needed, and get rid of them if you can. Use lids on pots while cooking, fill the kettle and pots with only as much water as you need. Reduce pool filter running time to the safe minimum set out in the manual. Dry clothes on the line not in a dryer—it’s cheaper, healthier for you and better for the environment.
5. Switch off at the wall
Standby power can account for more than 10% of your household electricity consumption.
Any items with a little light on or clock are using power, and your mobile phone charger is drawing power even when your phone is not plugged in. Turn off appliances at the wall when you’re not using them—it’s a very easy way to save energy.