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    Close the blinds and curtains on hot and cold days. Covering your windows is one of the best ways to reduce heating and cooling bills throughout the year. In Winter, always close the blinds and/or curtains on cold nights to keep in the heat. If your windows don’t have any curtains, consider hanging blankets or other fabric on them to retain the heat and create a buffer of air between you and the window.

    On hot days the curtains will provide a shady respite from the sun and make it darker and cooler inside.


    Ceiling fans can help push the warm air down to the floor in winter and pull warm air up toward the ceiling in summer. Using the fan on the correct setting (check the switch on the body of the fan) will help to maintain a consistent temperature in the house.


    Wearing seasonally appropriate clothing around the house makes a lot of sense during the year. Get used to wearing jumpers inside during the winter so you don't need to turn up the heating. Wear lighter garments in summer to keep cool.


    Check your concession status regularly. Many utility companies offer discounts to concession card holders – winter energy concessions and reduced rates on water bills and car registration etc. can make a difference over the year. Contact your service providers and make sure your details are up to date and you are being charged the concession rate.


    Draughts in winter can increase heating costs so close all doors and windows and seal up any draughts around them. Close off rooms that are not in constant use like bedrooms and bathrooms while you are at home. Unused areas drain heat from living areas which increases the heating costs. A rolled up towel under doors or a ‘door snake’ are very useful to block unwanted draughts and folded newspaper can be helpful for cracks around windows.


    Fix any drippings taps or leaking toilets as quickly as possible. A constantly dripping tap or leaky toilet wastes water which can add a noticeable amount to your water bill over the year. Sometimes it is as easy as changing a washer but don’t forget to turn off the mains water before you attempt any DIY plumbing. If you are not confident fixing leaky taps ask a friend, contact the landlord or head to a local hardware store for some advice.

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    If you are heading off on holidays or plan to be away from home for a long time, consider turning your electric hot water off for the time you are away. It is a good idea to phone a friend or relative and get them to switch it back on the day before you arrive home so the water is hot for your return.


    Lower the temperature on your gas hot water system. Having scalding hot water coming out of the taps in the house can be dangerous so lower the temperature on your gas hot water system by a few degrees. Now you can save money and protect your family from unexpected injury or burns.


    Run the heater fan on it's highest setting for effective heat distribution throughout the house. Remember to close off rooms that are not in use.


    Keep your heaters dust free and clean the air filters at least once a month. Service all heaters regularly to ensure they are running properly and as efficiently as possible.


    Don't leave heaters running on low overnight or if you are out of the house. It’s cheaper to turn heating on and off than to leave the appliance running for long periods of time.


    Consider replacing light globes in your house with lower wattage globes or energy efficient bulbs. Some compact fluorescent bulbs can be more expensive to buy but will save money in the long term so consider replacing them in your house slowly instead of trying to do it all at once.


    Open curtains to north facing windows on sunny winter days. This lets in the free natural solar energy to warm your home.


    Get into the habit of turning things off at the power point. Many household appliances are still drawing power even when they are not in active use. Modern televisions, DVD / BluRay players, stereo systems and computers usually have a ‘standby’ mode which continues using power in readiness for you to activate it again.

    Turn off appliances at the wall where possible and switch off lights in rooms that are not being used including outside lights in porches or sheds. Just remember that some appliances may need to be reprogrammed once the power has been off for a while.


    Turn off the tap while you are brushing your teeth. It doesn’t sound like much but it does make a big difference to your water bill, turn the water back on briefly to rinse those pearly whites.

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