There is a lot of talk about carbon prices and electricity prices going on at the moment and a study has just been released that says because an ETS wasn’t introduced the price of electricity is going to rise. So it would seem that whatever Government results after the election they will be damned if they do and damned if they don’t.
I’m a big fan of lifestyle shows like Better Homes and Gardens, but sometimes BHAG really bugs me. Last year they had a segment on reducing your heating bills. Great idea, turn down the thermostat by a couple of degrees and you can make fairly significant savings on your electricity bill. My beef was that they showed Jo turning down the heat from 27 degrees to 26 degrees. Now I appreciate that for medical or age related reasons some people might need to warm their house to this extent. I’m not advocating making yourself sick or otherwise unwell just to make a short term saving on your electricity bill. But I’m thinking that most TAB people don’t need their house heated to ‘warm summer’s day’ temps in winter. I’m not advocating that everyone turn down their heaters to 18 degrees, but come on most people could at least chop off a couple of degrees and put on a jumper. Feeling hot? Turn down the heater again.
My other big beef is that they talk about installing solar hot water – which don’t get me wrong is fantastic, I have solar water heating – but also assumes that you have a fair whack of money available to do it and own your own home, or a really really nice landlord. Likewise changing to energy saving lightbulbs. The initial outlay is pretty high (for a lightbulb), even though the savings come later.
So, what I’m after is your tips on energy saving which don’t cost anything to implement. What’s the most effective washing detergent to use in cold water that your household has found? Is it really worth the effort to turn off TVs and microwaves and other appliances at the power point? How do you get the kids to play outside? Anything, at all.
This is also an open thread for discussing lifestyle programs, hints and tips, anything house related that your would like to share.