Australians are being encouraged by Master Electricians to employ energy saving practices to reduce energy when trying to keep warm this Winter.
Master Electricians Australia spokesperson Andrew Bailey said as the months begin to grow cold, energy bills can skyrocket off the charts as home owners struggle to stay warm.
“It is estimated that Australian homes use ten to 50 per cent of their energy on heating each year,” Mr Bailey said.
“Master Electricians Australia has developed a checklist with some simple energy saving tips to assist home owners with cutting down their energy bills while staying warm during the colder months.”
Mr Bailey said general energy usage in the home could be reduced simply by considering your household’s energy use and patterns, and by using alternative methods to retain heat. Home owners could consider having some appliances put on off-peak tariffs which would significantly reduce energy usage,” he said.
“Covering windows with blinds or shades of thick dark fabric would be an effective and inexpensive way to retain heat within the house or room.
“Similarly, shut the door firmly when entering or leaving the house to prevent external draughts from entering the room, and consider home insulation to assist in the retention of heat.
“When carrying out household chores such as doing the laundry, use cold water in washing machines and utilise the clothes line instead of the electric dryer which is costly and chews up energy quickly.”
Mr Bailey also warned home owners of the increased risk of house fires during winter due to the higher usage rates of electrical appliances, and reminded everyone of the importance of safety switches as a life-saving device.
“Home owners need to ensure that all electrical items used meet Australian standards and are not damaged in any way or they could pose a fire risk,” he said.
“Any electrical item that is damaged, including electric blankets and heaters, should be thrown away and a replacement sought.
“As a safeguard, home owners should have safety switches fitted on every circuit. Safety switches will cut the power to a circuit in just milliseconds – quicker than the critical phase of a heartbeat and fast enough to prevent electrocution or fires from faulty appliances.
“They can sometimes be the crucial difference between life and death, and provide the greatest level of protection for families.”
Check out their Winter Energy Saving Checklist & Winter Fire Safety Checklist