There are some easy energy saving tips that don’t cost you a cent and can save you hundreds of dollars each year.

Switch all appliances off at the wall

TVs, DVD players, computers, stereos, hair dryers, radios and kettles – literally everything that is plugged into a power socket is still using power even when not used. Even appliances that go into standby mode still use energy. When you have finished using an appliance, switch the power off at the wall.

The cost of appliances which are switched on and not being used (or are on standby) can add over $100 to your annual power bill*.


Did you know that a microwave or toaster uses less energy than cooking in an oven? If you are using your oven, avoid opening the door too often. Each time you open your oven door the temperature drops by up to 15°C. When using the oven, try cooking more than one dish at a time, or use larger dishes with more food that can be refrigerated or frozen.


We all know that drying our clothes outside on the clothes lines is the best approach. When you need to use your clothes dryer, clean the lint filter after every cycle and use the low heat setting whenever you can.

When you’re doing your laundry, switch to ‘cold’ water washing. Where you can, use shorter wash cycles. By washing your clothes in cold water and drying them on a line or rack, you can save up to $100* a year.


Fridges and freezers operate most efficiently when they're full but not overloaded. Set your freezer at -18°C and your fridge between 2°C and 5°C. Leave space around the back of your fridge or freezer to assist with the circulation of air.  Your fridge runs 24 hours a day 365 days a year. This adds up and makes it the most expensive appliance to run. If you are running a second fridge, ask yourself if it’s really worthwhile.

Heating and cooling

Regardless of the type of heater you have, if you operate and maintain your heating system
wisely, you can reduce your energy costs and still be comfortable. Recommendations can vary slightly here. Set the thermostat at a constant temperature between 18°C and 21°C in colder months and between 20°C and 23°C in warmer months.

Start small – it all helps

Efficient use of electricity and gas can be as simple as switching off your kettle at the wall once you have finished with it and switching off lights when you leave a room. Best of all you can save money and do your part from the environment at the same time.

Want to be more socially responsible?

First State Super offers two investment options that allow you to invest your super in companies that demonstrate socially responsible behaviour. Invest your money in a sustainable future.

Read more here

Related topics