Laundry & wet areas

Laundries, bathrooms and pools can use about 27% of your household energy usage according to Synergy. While most of this comes from the energy it takes to heat water, we’ve put together some tips to help you be more energy-efficient and save some money at the time.

1. Give your clothes the cold shoulder

Washing your clothes on the cold cycle can save them from shrinking or warping and is especially gentle on delicate clothing. Switching to a cold wash isn’t just good for your wardrobe, it’s kinder to the wallet too. If your machine doesn’t have to heat the water, it’s more energy-efficient and can keep bills low.

2. Invest in a good machine

While a cold wash can be good for some clothes, you’re probably still going to want a hot wash cycle once in a while. Choosing a machine with a good energy rating can help lower costs and power use at any temperature and it’s worth taking some time to research the best machine for your needs.

3. Take advantage of that Aussie sunshine

Now your clothes are washed, you’re probably going to want to dry them right? Save power and money by letting the sun take care of it. Hanging your clothes on the line instead of using the dryer when possible can make a dramatic difference to your energy bills.

4. Clean out the lint

For times you can’t get past using the dryer, make sure to clean the filter regularly. Built-up lint can stop your machine from performing optimally so it has to use more power and with that, more money. Most machines will have removable lint traps that you can clean.

5. Save water, shower quicker

We all love a good shower karaoke session but long showers can add up to a lot of water wastage. On average older style, showerheads can use anywhere between 15-20 litres per minute. So a 15-minute shower will use approximately 300 litres of water. The four-minute shower has been touted as an optimal time for us to get cleaned up without wasting water. Plus, you don’t need to hang up the microphone – this Spotify playlist is packed with songs that are four minutes in length so you can sing and save water all at the same time.

6. Upgrade your shower head

Did you know your shower head could be using more water than it needs to? Older showerheads can be less water-efficient so you may be using more water than necessary without even knowing it. A simple switch to a more water-efficient showerhead can see a difference in usage, wastage and bills.

7. Get a pool cover

What’s a pool cover got to do with power usage? Well, a lot actually. Covering your pool can help reduce water evaporation by 97% according to the Swimming pool & Spa Association of Australia. Stopping your warm pool from disappearing and needing to be refilled quicker.

8. Turn off the heat

Well, at least when you’re not there. Off on holidays or away from the house for a while? Check if you can turn off your electric hot water system to reduce unnecessary energy use and cost.