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Gas saving tips

Here are some things you can do to save on your gas bill


General advice

  • Save up to $30 a year by fitting draught seals to the openings of external windows and doors to prevent warm air escaping.
  • Open curtains during the day to let in the sun and close them before it gets dark to keep heat in.
  • Use well-fitted curtains or blinds to trap cold air near the window.
  • Save up to $70 a year by installing underfloor insulation.
  • Save up to $260 a year by installing ceiling insulation to keep the heat in.

Appliances

Heating

  • Set your heater’s thermostat between 18 and 20 degrees. Every degree higher can add 15% to your heating costs.
  • If you've got your ducted heating on, use the zoning function and close doors and vents in rooms you're not using.
  • Clean your heater’s filter regularly to help it run efficiently.
  • Turn your heater off overnight or when you leave the house.
  • Replace older heaters with energy efficient ones. You may be able to get a rebate for installing reverse cycle air conditioners under the Victorian government’s Home Heating and Cooling Upgrades program

Dishwasher and washing machine

  • Only run your dishwasher when it’s full.
  • Save up to $40-$80 a year by using the ‘cold water’ setting on your washing machine.

Showers

  • Save up to $160 a year by replacing old showerheads with energy efficient ones.
  • Fix dripping taps, especially hot water taps.

Cooking

  • When using a stovetop, keep lids on pots to reduce cooking time.
  • Check that your oven door seal is in good condition and replace it if it’s damaged.

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