LIVING sustainably can not only lower emissions and be better for the environment, but it can also save you money, according to Sustainability Victoria.
Stan Krpan, chief executive of the state government body, said “simple and frequently inexpensive measures can save households big money” in the face of rising gas and electricity prices.
He said that with winter approaching, householders could save up to $1000 annually by taking steps to improve their home’s energy efficiency.
“Heating costs account for around a third of the average Victorian household’s energy bill,” Mr Krpan said.
“With cool conditions setting in, now is the time to begin saving up to $1000 a year, particularly in older homes which lose heat readily.”
Sustainability Victoria research found homes built before 2005 had the equivalent of a 1.8-star energy rating – new homes must be built to a six-star energy rating.
Here some things you can do around your home to improve your energy efficiency and lessen your footprint:
- Draught-proof your home using sealant, weather stripping and door snakes
- Cover your windows using heavy curtains, pelmets, double glazing or DIY window film
- Add insulation using spray-in wall cavity insulation, foil or batts
- If you don’t use your fireplace, install dampers or chimney balloons to stop heat escaping
- Buy energy efficient hot water services, gas heaters and appliances – a five-star fridge can save nearly $200 a year
- Set your heating thermostat between 18-20 degrees as every extra degree adds 10 per cent to your heating bill
- Close doors between heated and unheated areas
- Put on an extra jumper or add a blanket to the bed
- When renovating buy recyclable or reusable non-toxic materials, and try to buy local.