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Lockdown energy saving tips

You want to be warm and comfortable, but there are simple ways to avoid wasting energy during the lockdown.

One of the easiest ways to cut your energy bill is to reduce unnecessary use of hot water, freeing up more cash for heating and other things over the winter.

For example use the cold water wash cycle when you wash clothes, unless you have an especially dirty load. Modern washing machines and detergents clean well using cold water. A hot water wash can use 10 times more electricity than a cold wash.

Cutting down the long showers will also save money. Reducing your shower time just a bit could save up to $900 a year for a family of four. A 15 minute shower costs about $1 - a 5 minute shower costs about 33c.

If you own a dishwasher, wait until it’s full loaded to run it – and put it on ‘eco’ wash setting if available. And if you rinse dishes before loading the dishwater, use cold water.

For more energy saving tips visit the EECA website.