Check your fridge is set between 3-5 degrees and freezers are set at -15 degrees to save energy and keep bills down and turn off secondary fridges if not in use,

Only cool the rooms you use most and keep air-conditioning between 23 and 26 degrees and turn off cooling you leave the house . Some ducted cooling systems can also turn off cooling in the rooms you're not using.

Insulate your roof which effective insulation to save you up to 20% on your cooling and heating costs. Pre-existing insulation can be checked  to ensure it's been correctly installed and has the right rating (measured in 'R-value'). In Victoria, insulation rated R3.5 or higher should be used for ceilings.

Use a cold-water cycle to do the washing, which could save some households up to $115 off your bill each year.

Avoid using the dishwasher between 4pm and 7pm. Using appliances in off-peak times while on a flexible pricing plan can save some households over $100 a year.

Use Smarter lighting choices, which can wipe up to $16 per globe from your yearly power bill by replacing old incandescent and halogen light globes with energy efficient globes and turn the lights off in the rooms you’re not using.

Turn non-essential appliances off at the power point and not just stand-by. Extra power could be used by gadgets and appliances that are left on standby. Use a standby power controller to reduce standby time and switch appliances off when they're not in use.

The Victorian Energy Saver website features energy saving tips and tools, including an energy calculator, an interactive energy efficient house, and advice on shopping around for the best energy retailer:

Page last updated: 27/07/20