A handy guide to benefit your bill and carbon footprint.

Making some small changes to the way you use energy in your home could make a real difference to your next bill.

Here’s a handy list of tips below for you to consider and determine whether might be possible in your home.


  • Oven – thaw food in the fridge first to reduce cooking time and avoid continuously opening the your over door to reduce heat loss
  • Boiling water – use an electric kettle rather than the stove
  • Dishwasher – use the economy cycles for every day washing and try to only run the dishwasher once it is full.
  • Fridge and freezer – set your fridge temperature to 4-5 degrees and your freezer between -15 and -18 degrees Celsius. If possible, keep your fridge and freezer in a cool and well -ventilated position, away from the oven and direct sun light.

Living room

  • Switch appliances off at the wall – devices such as DVD players, TV’s, computers and game consoles can still be using energy in standby mode. So when you’re not using them, switch them off at the wall.
  • Consider using lamps or spotlights – if you only need to light up a small area consider using a lamp or spotlight rather than turning on main lights.Use energy saving globes – swap your old globes out for energy saving LEDs.
  • Turn off lights – make sure you turn light off in rooms you’re not using.

Cooling and heating

  • Reduce your need for cooling and heating devices – close doors to unused rooms and keep curtains and window shades shut to keep direct sun light out in the warmer months.
  • Look after your heating and cooling systems – clean your air conditioner or cooler so it doesn’t use as much energy to run.


  • Use water wisely – Set the hot water temperature at a lower level.  Also install water-saving showerheads in your home to reduce the amount of water heating required, and only shower for as long as you need to. 
  • Switch off appliances – switch off all appliances such as hairdryers and electric toothbrushes when they are not being used.


  • Washing clothes – try to run the machine wash and dryer on full loads.  Also use cold water to wash clothes if possible.
  • Drying clothes – Use a clothesline instead of a dryer where possible.

Questions? Our friendly energy specialists are here to help.

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to get in contact with the Flow Power team.
1800 359 797