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    Energy saving tips

    Australia's per-capita greenhouse gas emissions are amongst the highest in the world and continue to climb. Most of our electricity is generated by burning coal.

    Almost every home has the potential to save more. To start saving energy, water and money today, read through the tips in this section. Start with the changes you can make straight away, and plan to make some of the bigger changes in the future. Remember, the more changes you make, the more you can save.

    Choosing efficient appliances

    Your appliances account for around 20% of your household energy use and costs. By selecting and using energy efficient appliances you can:


    • Save money by reducing energy bills
    • Improve the energy efficiency of your home
    • Reduce greenhouse pollution.
    • Consider replacing older, expensive-to-run appliances with high energy star rated appliances. Energy efficient whitegoods can save up to $1,400 on energy bills and up to 14 tonnes of greenhouse gas over a ten-year product life span.
    • Choose appliances according to their star rating. Don’t just look at the purchase price – a cheaper appliance may cost more to run in the long term.

    The energy rating label has two main features:


    • The star rating gives a quick comparison of the model's energy efficiency. The rating is out of 6 stars - the more stars, the more energy efficient.
    • The comparative energy consumption is an estimate of the annual energy use of the appliance. It is also a rough indication of running costs – for example if the appliance uses 500kWh a year, it will cost around $50 a year to run.

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    General tips

    For general tips and facts sheets on how your household could reduce your energy usage, download:

    Your Home Technical Manual - Energy Use

    Your Home Technical Manual - Passive Design

    Your Home Technical Manual - Water Use

    For more ways to make changes and savings visit the NSW Government’s Sustainable Households website.

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