Our household energy rules

Heating and cooling

  • Close doors to unused rooms
  • Close curtains or window shades
  • Use blankets, electric blankets, wheat bags or hot water bottles instead of heating the room
  • Clean your air conditioner or cooler so it doesn’t take as much energy to run
  • Turn off heating or cooling when you are not home and overnight

The family room

  • Switch off appliances at the wall
  • Use a power board
  • Use lamps or spotlights
  • Use energy-saving globes
  • Turn off lights you are not using


  • Use microwave instead of an oven
  • Stove-top – keep lids on to reduce the amount of time and energy used
  • Dishwasher – use the economy cycle and only when full


  • Only wash when you have a full load
  • Use a clothesline whenever possible


  • Install water-saving shower heads, shorten showers, set the hot water temperature to 50 degrees.
  • Appliances – switch off when not in use


  • Use timers and sensors for lighting
  • Solar – for garden and outdoor areas
  • Use separate lights for different areas