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Winter is officially here and we are feeling the cold.  Whether your plans for this winter involve hibernating and dreaming of sunnier times, re-watching Game of Thrones from the beginning or cooking up a storm, we tend to spend extra time at home so winter can also be a great time to introduce new energy efficient habits.

By making some simple changes you can make a big difference to how you use energy and here are some tips on how to be more energy efficient this winter.

Rug it up with Insta

You’ll be sure to find the latest home design trends on Instagram featuring some easy ways to keep warm and save energy in the process. These include using throw rugs, floor coverings and window treatments to make your space warm and cosy.

Seal in warm air

Up to 40% of heat that leaves your home can be from uncovered windows. By using heavy block curtains that extend below your window frame, you can insulate your home and keep warm air from escaping. Shut doors to rooms that you’re not using to keep the warmth in your most-used areas^.

Unplug that second fridge

Winter is all about those hot drinks to keep you warm so it’s definitely time to think about switching off that second fridge if you have one. That second fridge might be useful in summer when you’re often entertaining, but consider letting it hibernate for the winter to save about $100* a year on electricity.

Put the sun to work

In the morning, open any blinds which face north this will bring in the sun to naturally warm your rooms. Winter could also be the perfect time to consider adding solar panels to your home. This way, you could put the sun to work to harness that energy to use at home.

Use timers

Try to set your heating to switch on an hour before you get out of bed, pre-heating your home to a comfortable 18°C. Cranking the heat up on cold days is often tempting, but for every degree over 18°C you set the thermostat in winter, up to 10% is added to your heating costs*.

Take advantage of Perth's clear winter days

Drying your clothes outside instead of using a dryer can reduce your annual energy bill. Also consider the type of dryer you’re using.  A heat pump condenser will cost around 50% less to run than a traditional vented model^.

Keep an eye on energy star-ratings

If you’re upgrading some appliances this winter, pay close attention to the star-rating when you’re shopping, especially if you’re looking at heating/cooling devices or clothes dryers. If you’re buying a new TV, keep in mind that each extra energy-rating star means it is 20% more energy efficient than the previous one^.

Change those globes

Lighting accounts for 11% of energy usage at home – you don’t have to stumble around in the dark to save energy, its more about the type of lighting you use.  By replacing 10 standard incandescent globes with energy saving fluorescent globes and LEDs you could save your family about $120* a year.

Synergy Energy Tool

Check out our Energy Tool to compare your energy use with similar houses in your area, find the right solar system for your needs or see how different appliances can have an impact on your energy costs.

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* Cost and potential savings are estimates only calculated using the current Home Plan (A1) tariff on a standard two month billing period and based on the average energy consumption for the relevant appliances. The actual cost of using the appliance and estimated savings will vary depending on a number of factors including the make, model, age and efficiency of the appliance settings and how it is used by you. Estimates excludes purchasing and installation costs and any other costs associated with the use of the appliance.

^Based on data and information published by the Department of Environment and Energy at www.energyrating.gov.au