Energy saving tips

Find out how to keep your power bills under control this summer.

 City Limits Magazine Issue 47 December 2014 front coverThis article appears in City Limits magazine - Issue 47 - December 2014.

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With summer upon us we’ve put together this special feature to help you stay cool and keep your power bills under control.

In addition, you will find out how to save water, see which suburbs are leading the way with solar panels and discover how to conduct your own home energy audit.

Morphettville residents Rebecca Kersten and Levi Coombe have slashed their power bills by installing solar panels and following simple energy saving tips. 

“Installing solar panels has helped cut about a third off our electricity bills,” Rebecca said.

“We stop a lot of summer heat entering our home by using shade cloths and drawing curtains and also have insulation.

City Limits Magazine - Dec 14 - Issue 47 - Environment Tips“When we have the air conditioner on we use the zoning feature to cool just our living area during the day and use pedestal fans at night.”

Statistics published on the Australian PV Institute website show 25.8 per cent of City of dwellings have solar photovoltaic (PV) systems, which is close to the South Australian average of 26.1 per cent and significantly higher than the national average of about 15 per cent.

The Australian PV Institute website has published statistics showing the suburbs in the City of Marion and surrounding area that are leading the solar panel race.

Estimated percentage of dwellings with solar PV systems installed:

Suburbs where an estimated 36.8 per cent of dwellings have solar pv systems

  • Hallett Cove
  • O'Halloran Hill
  • Sheidow Park
  • Trott Park

Suburbs where an estimated 28.4 per cent of dwellings have solar pv systems

  • Kingston Park
  • Marino
  • Seacliff
  • Seacliff Park
  • Seaview Downs 

Suburbs where an estimated 26.2 per cent of dwellings have solar pv systems

  • Brighton
  • Dover Gardens
  • Hove
  • North Brighton
  • South Brighton

Suburbs where an estimated 24.5 per cent of dwellings have solar pv systems

  • Glengowrie
  • Somerton Park

Suburbs where an estimated 24.8 per cent of dwellings have solar pv systems

  • Bedford Park
  • Clovelly Park
  • Pasadena
  • St Marys

City Limits Magazine - Dec 14 - Issue 47 - Environmental Tips 2You can find out the percentage of properties with solar power in your postcode on the Australian PV website.

How to save on cooling costs
  • Shade windows from the outside, otherwise close inside blinds and curtains
  • Install insulation in ceiling and walls
  • Use ceiling and pedestal fans as they are the cheapest type of cooling appliance to run at up to three cents per hour
  • Only cool the rooms you are using by closing doors and using zoning controls
  • Set your air conditioner’s temperature to as high as you feel comfortable with (ideally between 24oC - 27 oC). Every 1°C lower can potentially add 10 per cent to running costs

Find more energy saving tips on the South Australian Government website.

Save water
  • Install a dripper system and use mulch in the garden
  • Plant indigenous native plants for your area
  • Install a water efficient shower head and tap aerators
  • Remember to use the half-flush on your toilet
  • Upgrade your washing machine to one with a high water efficiency rating - newer models can be twice as efficient as older ones

Find more tips on saving water on the SA Water website.

Conduct your own Home Energy Audit

Borrowing a Home Energy Toolkit from one of Marion’s libraries is a free, fast and simple way to find out how much energy you are using in your home and how to reduce costs. 

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