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Energy-saving tips for Brisbane and surrounds: A sustainable future starts at home

There’s no denying how fortunate we are here in Southeast Queensland. Phenomenal beaches, endless things to do, and most importantly of all, year-round pleasant weather. 

The downside? This great weather brings with it a great need for energy consumption to cool us down. To ensure a sustainable future for this beautiful region, it’s crucial to adopt energy-saving practices at home and make up for our high energy consumption. Here, we explore practical tips for saving energy and reducing your carbon footprint in our beautiful home of Southeast Queensland

Use your air-conditioning wisely

Queensland’s climate can be scorching, making air conditioning a necessity for even the most determined environmentalist. To use your air-con efficiently, you need to apply some smarts. Set your ACs to a comfortable yet manageable temperature, usually around 24-26°C, and regularly clean or replace their filters to maintain optimal power. You could also consider investing in a programmable thermostat to avoid overcooling the place when no one’s home.

Invest in home solar

Queensland is lucky to be drenched in sunshine every month of the year, making it an ideal location for solar panels. By investing in a solar energy system for your home, you can harness the power of the sun and slash your ever-growing power bill. Government incentives and rebates can also make this eco-friendly choice an affordable one (yep, those ads you see about government solar deals are genuine!). 

Switch to energy-efficient lighting

LED or CFL bulbs use significantly less energy and last longer than traditional incandescent bulbs. If you haven’t switched your home on to them, it’s time to consider doing so. Then remember the common sense idea of always turning off lights when they’re not in use and make the most of natural daylight during the hours of sunlight.

Seal and insulate your home

Got the air-conditioning blasting but still not feeling that uncomfortable? You could have an insulation issue on your hands. Properly sealing your home along any gaps or cracks in windows and doors will help maintain a comfortable indoor temperature and make the most of any heating or cooling systems you have inside. 

Check your appliances 

There’s nothing eco-friendly about ditching perfectly good appliances. But when it is time to replace them, look for models with high energy efficiency ratings. The more stars, the better! Energy-efficient appliances not only reduce your carbon footprint but will also lower your electricity bills—it might seem like a marginal amount, but it all adds up over time. 

Consider smart home technologies

Investing in smart home technology is a great way to automate and optimise your energy use. Smart thermostats, lighting systems, and even smart plugs can help you control your energy consumption more efficiently. You could put items that don’t get used overnight (like your Wi-Fi router) on a timer so it switches off during hours you know you’ll be asleep. 

Make the most of natural ventilation

Take advantage of Queensland’s pleasant evenings by using natural ventilation. Open windows and doors to let in the cool breeze, reducing the need for air conditioning and consider installing ceiling fans if you don’t have them already. Fans and open windows are typically better for air quality than artificial cooling, too. 

Reduce your water heater temperature

Have you ever thought to check what temperature your water heater is at? You may find it’s unnecessarily high! Your thermostat is best set to around 50-55°C. This will not only save energy but also prevent scalding accidents, which is particularly helpful if you have young children at home.

Do a stock take of your pool’s energy use

Many of us Queenslanders are blessed with a backyard pool to keep us cool. But keeping it running and clean can be an energy drain. Consider using a variable-speed or energy-efficient pool pump. These pumps consume less energy but still maintain a great water quality.

Give thought to your windows 

If you’re building a new home or renovating an old one, chances are you’ll be in the market for new windows or window-panelled doors. In this case, we suggest opting for double-glazed or low-E windows and glass. These options provide better insulation, reducing the need for heating and cooling inside.

Unplug your chargers and devices

Even when not in use, chargers and electronic devices continue to draw energy if left plugged in. Unplug them or use power strips to easily disconnect multiple devices at once. Don’t think you’ll remember? Consider self-timers that will automatically shut things down at hours you set, such as through the night. 

Support renewable energy initiatives

Consider supporting renewable energy initiatives and local green programs in your area. Not only will you be contributing to a greener future for Southeast Queensland, but you’ll be connecting with your community in a new, meaningful way. 

And finally, educate yourself and your family

Finally, educate yourself and your family about the importance of energy conservation. Small changes in behaviour can really add up over time, meaning significant energy savings for the planet and your pocket.