Energy Saving Tips for Your Home
Natural gas is a great way to live a more sustainable lifestyle—and these energy saving tips save money too.
Practice energy conservation
Conserving energy by using less energy overall in daily life is a practical way to help protect the environment. The term energy conservation means making a concerted effort to reduce energy usage.
Energy conservation is important for a sustainable lifestyle. Natural gas is cleaner and cheaper, meeting almost half of Australia’s energy needs while producing only 13% of greenhouse emissions.
Have a new budget
Our energy usage calculator allows you to determine the financial benefits of natural gas for your home. From this starting point, you can then save more on annual household energy costs.
Below are ways to transform bills, and save on gas. Begin with simple lifestyle changes that make a difference to daily energy consumption. Every energy-conserving step adds up over time.
Light your home wisely
Change to LED bulbs that have an extended life, yet require less power. Turn off lights in empty rooms. Open blinds and curtains to utilise natural light. Rely on lamps where possible.
Learn new habits
Consider how you can alter the way you carry out household chores—such as waiting for a full washing machine before use, and hanging out clothes to dry—and work on forming new habits.
Run an eco-friendly kitchen
Helpful kitchen hacks include using a small hot plate instead of the largest. Boil water in a kettle, rather than a saucepan. Skip the dry cycle, and wipe clean dishes with a tea towel, or air-dry.
Not with the remote. Switch everything off at the power point: computer, TV, fan, lamp, toaster, and phone and laptop chargers. “On” equals energy consumption, even when not in use.
Choose energy-efficient appliances
There are many benefits to gas-powered appliances, including lower running costs. Appliances powered by natural gas energy transform bills. The following figures are based on a small family’s usage.
Compared to electrics, savings are up to 50% for gas-powered ovens, 65% for a gas dryer run on natural gas energy, 30% for gas heating alternatives, and 30% for stove cooktops that switch to gas cooking.
Plumbed gas BBQs are connected to a fixed gas line and up to 40% cheaper to run than when using bottled LPG. Most designs include a built-in thermometer and control dials for precise temperatures.
Modern gas appliances are designed to improve overall performance. Gas ovens cook more evenly, and work during blackouts. Gas dryers are gentler and faster. Gas stove cooktops fire up immediately.
Peak efficiency matters. Clogged filters on air-conditioners and washing machines forces equipment to work harder, as does damaged seals and ice build-up in refrigerators and freezers.
Reduce water heating
Switching to a gas hot water system from electric sees a small family save up to 48% on water heating bills. Instant systems (also called continuous flow systems) ensure hot water without interruption.
A gas hot water storage system is different. Water is heated and stored in an insulated tank. Not as efficient as an instant system, this option still allows you to enjoy the benefits of natural gas.
The financial benefits of natural gas heating are significant because water heating is such a large part of home energy bills. This cost-saving fact motivates many West Australian households to get connected.