St.Margaret's News June 2021 - Page 9

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Home Energy
Households use about 11.5 % of all energy in Australia : about 4 % for transport and 7.5 % in our homes . Heating , cooling and water heating are the largest users of energy . For heating , insulation is important but simpler and more important is stopping draughts . For cooling , consider ceiling fans and improving cross ventilation instead of aircon . For water heating , heat pump heaters are 3x more efficient than traditional electric . Put a check ( ✓ ) in the box if you are already doing the action ; put a * in the box for the actions you intend to start doing .
Tips for heating / Cooling ✓ Consider replacing aging gas heaters with reverse cycle air conditioners ( https :// renew . org . au / renew-magazine / buyers-guides / electric-heating -options /) ✓ Set thermostat as low ( winter ) or as high ( summer ) as comfortable ; use timers to preheat / cool for times you are at home ✓ Localise heating ( i . e . an efficient space heater , heated throw rug or electric blanket ) rather than heating a large area ✓ Use passive cooling options such as shading and ventilation as much as possible ; a ceiling fan is the next simplest and energy efficient before
St Margaret ’ s News 9 June 2021