Many people think that they need to invest in hybrid cars or more expensive ‘green’ appliances to save energy. While changing up your car and appliances can have an impact, there are other options that aren’t so hard on your wallet.
In fact, there are a number of options that are affordable and convenient, to help you save energy without even leaving the comfort of your home. Here are ten of our favourite online tools that you can use every day to help you reduce your energy, in turn lowering your energy bills.
1. Energy Tracker
Want to conduct your very own energy audit? This energy tracker from Energy Australia can help you do just that. You have to do a little bit of legwork to source the information about your specific appliances, but once that’s done the rest is easy.
Use the table provided to calculate your appliance running costs and identify how the energy in your household is being used. It’s a great tool for pinpointing which appliances in your home suck the most energy, and which ones you might want to upgrade first. If you’re interested in learning more, click here to check it out.
2. Energy Made Easy
This government website does just what it says: makes energy easy to understand. Use this tool to compare your usage to that of other similar-sized households in your area. This provides you with a benchmark, so you know if you’re using more or less energy than those around you.
All you need to do is answer a few questions about your household, like whether or not you have a pool and how many people live there. If you’re interested in learning more, click here.
3. Energy Efficient Transport Methods
Are you looking for a more efficient way to travel? Simple changes to your daily commute may save you a heap of energy. This transport guide from Sustainability Victoria provides you with information on how using sustainable transport—like trains—can benefit your energy usage and your wallet. To download the PDF guide, click here.
4. Home Energy Checklist
Simple changes can make a world of difference if you want to save energy. This online checklist outlines actions you can take to conserve energy at home. Most points on the list don’t require much effort; for example, turning off the lights in an unoccupied room. If you’re interested in learning more, click here to check it out.
5. Renter’s Guide to Energy Consumption
Nearly 30% of Australians rent. While there are limitations on what you can change in your rented home, there are ways to improve efficiency and reduce your bills. The most effective steps you can take to save energy simply involve making small changes. Using these tips could save $605 per year in a four-person household! To get started, click here.
6. Office Energy Checklist
This is another checklist for you but this one caters to slightly different needs; it provides you with a simple checklist of energy conservation and efficiency measures to use around the office. Now you don’t have to try and get the whole team on board, but by doing simple actions, you can start making a change and maybe influence others around you to do the same. If you’re interested in learning more, click here to check it out.
7. Green Vehicle Calculator
By choosing a greener vehicle, you can make a real difference and save on fuel; this guide will help you reduce your impact on the environment by providing you with information on the performance of vehicles sold in Australia.To see how your car measures up, click here.
8. Reduce Your Energy Bills Guide
If you’re looking for a guide that can address your questions about reducing your energy consumption, check out this site. It provides key factors that impact your energy bills, as well as how to manage your energy use. If you’re interested in learning more, click here to check it out.
9. Energy Rating
This calculator helps you determine which appliances in your house are using the most energy. It can help you understand how much it costs to use them, and shows you whether investing in a more energy-efficient appliance would benefit you. To assess your appliances, click here.
10. Energy Compare
For tips and tricks on saving energy in the home, electricityandgas.com.au has you covered. Not only are there comprehensive guides on energy, but you can quickly compare plans and prices from retailers in your area.
Saving energy doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive, especially with these resources at your disposal. Get started today and start saving!