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Tips for warming and cooling

Did you know? About 38% of your household’s energy use is used for heating. This makes it the largest energy user in the average home.

Winter warming

Summer cooling

Open windows, doors, blinds and curtains during the day to allow fresh air and natural light into your home.

Open windows and doors in the early morning and late afternoon to allow cool air into your home, but make sure you don't compromise your security. Opening windows on opposite sides of your home for cross ventilation can make your home feel cooler.

Close windows, doors, blinds and curtains in the afternoon to keep in the warmth and keep out the cold.

Keep windows, curtains and blinds closed in the hottest part of the day to keep cool air in and heat out.

Only heat the space you need by closing doors to rooms you aren't using at the time.

If your home is too hot, go somewhere cool like a library, shopping centre or the movies.

When using heaters, a lower temperature setting will use less electricity to warm your home. Decreasing the temperature by 1°C can reduce heating energy use by 10%. It is recommended to set heaters between 18°C and 20°C.

When using an air conditioner, a higher temperature setting will use less energy to cool your home. Increasing the temperature by 1°C can reduce cooling energy use by 10%. It is recommended to set air conditioners to 26°C.

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