|Average Australian home||$170 a year / 1.7kWh a day / 400kg C02 per year|
|Smart renter||$10 a year / 0.1kWh a day / 20kg C02 per year|
|Very smart renter||$10 a year / 0.1kWh a day / 20kg C02 per year|
Most Australian power points have an on/off switch for each outlet
- When something is not being used, switch it off.
- This includes device chargers that are plugged into the wall and anything with a display or light that remains on when the device is not in use.
Use a powerboard with a remote switch if need be
- If you have a TV/stereo entertainment unit with multiple plugs that are hard to get to, there are power boards that have a remote switch or footswitch that can be easily switched off.
- Some of these power boards even feature a permanently on power socket or two so you can keep a home recording unit on standby (for recording during the day) while everything else is switched off.
Turn off seldom used hardwired appliances at the main switchboard
- Some hardwired appliances can be turned off at the main power board when not used for long periods of time.
- This is good for switching off appliances like ovens that may be used seldomly.
- Split system heaters/coolers use standby power and can be switched off at the main switchboard outside of the main heating/cooling season.
- Electric hot water storage heaters can be switched off if you are going on holiday for more than a week (the time that the water will lose it’s heat).
Turn the internet router off when you’re not online
- This is also psychological; it’s a reminder that the internet is something to be used when you need it rather than something that you need all the time.
Some standby losses are unavoidable
- Electric gates or garage doors where no other access is available
- Split system standby losses during the heating/cooling season.
- Hardwired smoke detectors.
- Eliminating other unnecessary standby power means that these appliances shouldn’t add much to your electricity bill.