PowerDown Campbelltown - Heating & Cooling
More than a third of the energy we use at home is for heating and cooling. This doesn't include heating hot water.
Most homes will need heating or cooling at some time of the year. Although with a highly efficient, well designed home you may be able to avoid the need for additional heating and cooling appliances altogether.
By focussing on the best ways to warm and cool your home, you can make your home cheaper to run, remain comfortable all year round and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Energy Efficient Heating
Heating your home can add to your winter energy bills, but by making a few simple changes you can minimise your energy costs and have a cosy home.
Use the sun to heat your home for free by letting the sun shine through your windows in the day, then at night close curtains and blinds to keep the heat in. Thick curtains with pelmets will keep rooms warmer.
Look for draughts from gaps or cracks in walls or windows, below doors and in unused fireplaces, air ducts or vents which will let your heating escape. There are many simple ways to stop draughts for example using a door snake to keep warm air in.
Choose the best heater(120 kb) based on the area you need to heat, and use it efficiently. Close doors to unused rooms so you only heat the areas being used, this will reduce your heating costs. For example, for a couple watching TV at night, a radiant heater may be the most effective and cheapest option while a panel or oil heater may be the best option for a small room. Click here for more information.
If your heater has a thermostat, consider setting it between 18oC-21oC
Also, follow these simple safety tips to keep your home safe:
- Don’t leave heaters unattended as they can cause fires. Keep flammable materials at least one metre away from heaters.
- Never plug an electric heater into a powerboard, double adaptor or extension cord with other appliances as it may overload the circuit and cause a fire.
- If using an unflued gas heater always ensure it has adequate ventilation.
- Never use outdoor gas heaters inside as they are a fire risk and can release toxic gases into your home. Using LPG cylinders indoors is also not recommended.
For more information and advice on heating including a running cost calculator visit sa.gov.au/energysmart or call the South Australian government’s Energy Advisory Service on 8204 1888.
Energy Efficient Cooling
As the weather starts heating up, it’s the perfect time to think about how you will keep cool at home this summer.
To help keep your home cool, shade windows in the day, especially on the north, east and west sides of your home. External shading is best, but even closing curtains and blinds inside your home to block out direct sunlight will help to keep rooms cool. Deciduous trees and eaves can also provide shade.
If you have insulation installed in the ceiling and walls, this can help to reduce amount of heat entering your home.
The cooler you keep your home naturally, the less your cooling appliances will need to work, keeping your energy costs down.
Ceiling and pedestal fans are the cheapest type of cooling appliance to run, costing just 1 to 3 cents per hour. They can also be used to complement other cooling appliances by moving cool air around your home.
Evaporative coolers have low running costs, are well-suited to the dry South Australian climate, but also use water, so check the water use and costs too. To work effectively evaporative coolers need good cross ventilation, which can be achieved by opening windows.
Refrigerative air conditioners have higher running costs, so try setting the thermostat between 24°C and 27°C, or as high as you feel comfortable with. Every 1°C lower can add 10% to the running costs of your appliance. You can also lower running costs by only cooling the rooms you are using by closing doors or using zones.
If you're purchasing a new cooling appliance, choose a system that is right for your needs and is properly sized. Look for an energy rating label, or ask your retailer about the ongoing running costs.
For more tips on energy efficient cooling and how to calculate an appliance’s running costs, visit sa.gov.au/energy or call the Energy Advisory Service on 8204 1888.
During extreme heat it is easy to become dehydrated or your body to overheat. This is especially important for infants and older people. SA Health offers advice about staying healthy in extreme heat online at sahealth.sa.gov.au, or copies of their extreme heat guide can be found here or obtained from local libraries, medical services, community centres or by calling 8226 7115.
If you are affected by heat-related illness and need medical advice contact healthdirect on 1800 022 222 or your local GP or hospital emergency department.