My hubby and I have always been very conscious about energy consumption at home.
During the hot Summer months we throw open our sliding doors and windows each morning to allow cool, fresh air in and then as soon as it starts to heat up – we close blinds and curtains to keep our home as cool as possible before having to pop the AC on, and then I always keep it at 24 degrees.
It’s no surprise that peak energy demand happens around 4pm – 8pm when everyone arrives home from school and work and starts turning on air conditioning, appliances, TV and electronics.
Around 4pm is also when my girls start to get a bit stir crazy and I say ‘right – put your shoes and hats on, we’re going out!’.
Ava loves to ride her bike, and we have some great little bike paths near our place – so we’ll head out and I let the girls ride and run out their last bit of energy out for the day.
It’s such a lovely way for us to spend quality time together, get some fresh air and stay active – my girls are happy because they can ride and run their little legs off, I’m happy because they are and it’s a great way to reduce our carbon footprint.
I’m so delighted to be a Power Mum and part of the Western Power ‘Beat The Peak’ campaign where I’ll be bringing you loads of ways you can shift your energy consumption AND have the chance to pick up some fab prizes while doing it!
There are 3 x $250 Forrest Chase vouchers up for grabs as well as 3 x Family Passes to Adventure World.
For your chance to win, head to the Western Power website here.
Other handy ways you can shift your energy consumption and save money (which can go towards all sorts of things like family holidays and shoes!) and take the demand off the energy grid are:
- Turning off standby power which could save you up to $150 a year
- Use your washing machine or dishwasher earlier in the day or after 8pm
- Set your pool pump to operate outside the peak period of 4pm – 8pm
- Turn your dishwasher on before you go to bed ( I already do this and find it so handy as I wake up to clean dishes!)
- Wash clothes in cold water and save up to $40 a year (Tick! I do this as well as I have shrunk some of hubby’s tees in the past. Whoops!).
- Avoid using the clothes dryer where possible
You can check out more energy and cost saving ideas here.
Here’s to beating the peak and doing our bit to help the community by shifting our energy consumption!
A x x x
What do you do to shift energy consumption in your home?0