Navigate Canberra’s hot spell with 10 energy-saving tips from ActewAGL. Can you spot ways you can reduce power costs at your place?

  1. Set your fridge temperature to 4°C and freezers to -18°C. Consider using an esky for entertaining instead of a mini fridge.
  2. If you have a pool, use a pool filter timer so it only runs when needed.
  3. Switch off TVs, game consoles and don’t leave laptops or phones attached to the charger.
  4. Use ceiling or pedestal fans – they only cost a couple of cents an hour to run.
  5. Set air conditioning on hot days to no lower than 24°C. Every degree you lower it can add 10% to your electricity bill.
  6. Use a clothesline instead of your dryer.
  7. Only use your dishwasher when it’s full and air dry the dishes to save more electricity.
  8. Close up your house during the heat of the day and open it up at night to cool it down naturally.
  9. Replace air conditioner filters. Dirty filters restrict airflow and can cause the system to run longer, increasing energy use.
  10. Use strategically planted trees, shrubs and vines to shade your home from the heat of the sun.

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