Energy efficient electrics

You can bet your bottom dollar that electricity prices are far more likely to go up than to level out any time in the near future. Saving on energy is the only way to reduce your energy bill. Yelling at the kids to turn off the light is one (very effective) way to reduce consumption - but there’s also standby power (vampire power), energy wasted on heating and cooling, and the list goes on.

As well as the obvious ways to reduce consumption, there are also other ways to make the energy that you consume more environmentally friendly. Green power, alternative energy sources and the like all help to reduce your carbon footprint.

What is a power vampire?

Power vampires cost Australians a lot of money each year. 'Power vampire' is another name for an appliance with an inefficient power supply, which uses electricity even when it's not switched on.

Common power-wasting appliances and scenarios

Certain scenarios around the house - and some appliances in particular - are notoriously inefficient. Understanding how energy's being used and avoiding waste is the most basic type of energy management.

Alternative energy sources

There's nothing more efficient than using a completely renewable energy source. Find out how things like wind- and solar-generated electricity can help you to improve your energy efficiency.

What is GreenPower?

Electricity you buy from an energy supplier needs to be generated somehow. For a small cost, these days you can choose whether or not you'd like some or all of it to come from renewable sources.

BCA lighting restrictions

Regulations exist in Australia to determine how much electricity you're allowed to use for lighting in your home, based on floor areas. Find out what's allowed and how to make the most of it.

An energy management dashboard

Energy management systems

Energy management works best when you're able to see exactly how much is being consumed, and where it's being consumed. Find out what sorts of systems will help you to achieve this.