Surprising energy savers for the spring

The weather is getting balmier and while you might still be wearing your jackets and cardigans for the moment, it won't be long before Australians are donning their shirts, singlets and bathing suits again for the spring and summer season.

Of course with these warmer seasons tend to come higher cooling costs, and electricity prices can be significant at this time of year due to peak levels of demand. Thankfully, there are a few things you can do to keep your home cool as the weather starts to get cooler - without breaking the bank.

Consider a ceiling fan

Ceiling fans are a great way to cool a home without having to use a costly air conditioning unit. While even your standard ceiling fan uses less power than a cooling unit, there are particularly energy efficient options available as well, so you can save as much energy as possible.

There's nothing quite like the feeling of cool air circulating around you on a warmer day and ceiling fans provide this tropical breeze, and at a reduced price who can resist?

Turn down your thermostats

Once the weather starts to get warmer, you won't be needing those long, hot showers anymore. That means you can probably get away with turning your hot water temperature down a degree or two as you're unlikely to want to use the water at its hottest point. This will save a lot on heating your shower and bath water, which is a major contributing factor to many household electricity bills.

Get out more

What are spring and summer for if not for playing at the beach, walking through the park and having a game of cricket or rugby in the backyard? It's the perfect time to get outside and enjoy the great outdoors and, as a bonus, the more you do it, the more energy you save!

The less time you spend tucked up inside in front of your computer, television and other devices, the less electricity your household will be using up. Getting out of the house into the open on a Sunday afternoon might not seem like much, but taking a break from technology every once and a while, or even more often, can really make a  difference in the end!

Posted by Matthew Cole