Smart energy tips
Smart energy tips
Save electricity and save money
Turn off lights when they are not needed and use energy efficient globes. Changing any incandescent light globes in your home to energy efficient light bulbs can save you up to $19 per globe per year*.
Malfunctioning older appliances (such as leaking hot water systems, old refrigerators, electric heaters or washing machines) use more electricity than new models. Replacing these appliances with new energy efficient ones will help reduce your electricity usage.
Get your home lighting set up
Install motion sensors on security lights – they switch themselves on and off automatically.
Consider switching to LED lighting – you could save up to 80% energy per globe. Traditional lights like incandescent globes and low voltage down lights are inefficient, run hot, increase home air-conditioning costs and fire risk and need frequent replacement (say every 2-5,000 hours). Conversely LED lighting technology is much more efficient, runs cool and lasts significantly longer. You can purchase LED lights upfront and enjoy the benefits. Or you can choose to purchase through a Diamond Energy nominated supplier, pay no upfront cost and pay through your Diamond Energy electricity bill (eligibility, terms and conditions apply). The repayment amount may be less than the savings achieved – truly ‘lighting that pays for itself’. You can contact us for details about available offers.
Get your home ready for a cool and energy efficient summer
Use fans instead of air conditioners where reasonable and possible.
Set air conditioner temperatures between 25°c to 27°c – each degree of extra cooling in summer (heating in winter) can increase energy consumption by about 5-10%*.
Only cool the rooms you are using and keep doors closed. In rooms you are not using make sure vents are closed.
Air conditioners and their air filters should be professionally cleaned and checked regularly.
Installing roof insulation can save you over $150 per year*.
Minimise waste in the kitchen
Fridges uses a lot of electricity. Try not to open and close it too much or over stock it.
To ensure your seals are working property, you should not be able to easily slide a playing card between the seal and the fridge.
Keep your fridge temperature at 3°c – 4°c and freezer -15°c to -18°c.
Turning off the second fridge can save you over $200 per year*.
Wait till you get a full load before you run your dishwasher.
Consider the temperature you run the dishwasher at, the higher the temperature, the more electricity you use.
Get shifty and try and run your dishwasher when your electricity rates are the lowest – depending on your electricity rates, this may be overnight, early in the morning or on the weekends. If you have solar, consider running it during the day when the sun is out and your panels are generating electricity.
Get the most out of your bathroom and laundry
Get shifty and try and run your washing machine when your electricity rates are the lowest. Depending on your electricity rates, this may be overnight, early in the morning or on the weekends. If you have solar, consider running it during the day when the sun is out and your panels are generating electricity.
Hanging your clothes out to dry doesn’t use any electricity.
Fix leaking or dripping taps.
Consider your hot water temperature setting, the higher the temperature, the more electricity you use.
Set your house up for a warm and energy efficient winter
Set your thermostat to 18°c – 20°c . Each degree of heating in winter (and cooling in summer) can increase energy consumption by about 5-10%.
Reduce heat escaping your home by insulating ceilings and walls, shutting windows and doors and using door snakes and seals.
Only heat areas you are using and keep doors closed. In rooms you are not using make sure vents are closed.
Close windows and curtains, especially at night.
Installing roof insulation can save you over $150 per year*.
Optimise your pool filter all year round
Talk to your local pool shop staff about how long to run your pool filter in winter and summer and get some advice.
A pump with an input of 1, 120 watts will cost around 30 cents per hour to run if connected to peak electricity tariffs.
Be aware of where energy use may vary throughout the year
Fewer daylight hours results in increased electricity usage for lighting.
Hotwater systems work harder to reach set temperatures when the weather is cooler.
Longer showers and warmer baths use more electricity.
Warmer weather requires more cooling.
Get to know your meter data
VIC – If your poles and wires company is Jemena (NMI starting with 600), AusNet Services (NMI starting with 630) or United Energy (NMI starting with 640) and you have the appropriate meter, you are able to access your meter data through their online portal.
In SA, QLD &NSW – online monitoring is only available if approved Diamond Energy metering is installed.
If you have solar panels with a smart meter installed by Metropolis, you can access your meter data here.
If you have an interval meter, you can request your data from Diamond Energy once a year and we will provide it in a spreadsheet file. Please note administrative charges may apply.
Get shifty with Time of Use rates
With Time of Use (TOU) you are charged different rates for the electricity you consume at different times of the day (for example peak, shoulder and off-peak). TOU rates and times differ depending on your poles and wires company (Distributor).
If you have a TOU capable meter installed and can shift your electricity usage to utilise the cheaper rates, you may benefit from TOU. If you also have a solar system installed, the benefits may be even greater.
If you have any questions about TOU and whether it is right for you, please get in touch.
If you have a solar system the following smart tips can help you get the most out of your system. Our locally based, friendly and experienced Pure Power team will happily provide you with some good tips.
Get shifty! You could save by shifting your electricity usage around
Depending on the feed in tariff you are receiving, it may be beneficial to utilise the electricity you generate in your household first, rather than exporting it to the grid. This means you are using your own electricity and as a result, reducing what you use from your local grid and what you pay for! If you qualified for a high feed in tariff you may gain more by shifting some electricity usage from day time to overnight or on weekends.
If you want some help on how to save by shifting your electricity usage around, please get in touch.
Develop a feel for how your system is performing
If you keep an eye on your inverter you will develop a feel for how your solar system is performing and this may help you identify any performance issues early.
The Clean Energy Council provides information on average daily solar generation in your area. Keep in mind factors such as panel orientation, angle, shading and dirt which can all impact your solar systems performance.
For information on how to read your inverter and interpret the data, refer to the instruction manual provided to you at time of installation.
Keep nearby vegetation from shading your panels
Keep your solar system clean
Consider getting your panels cleaned by a trained and qualified person. Check with your Pure Power solar installer to see if they offer a cleaning and maintenance service.
If your solar panels are to be cleaned, ensure the panel manufacturers and system installer’s instructions are followed at all times. If you are cleaning them yourself, hosing down hot solar panels with cold tap water on a hot and sunny day is a particularly bad idea. Ensure all safety precautions are taken!
It may be time for a maintenance and safety check