Small Changes Add Up To Big Energy Savings

With the cost of living going up at a great rate of knots in recent times, the team at Fonko thought it would be timely to share some energy saving tips with you. On their own, each tip might not look spectacular but put them all together and you could save hundreds of dollars over the course of a year.

Our first tip is to have your heat pump serviced. Regular servicing and maintenance will keep the unit running efficiently without consuming more power than it needs to. If heat pumps are not attended to regularly, they operate less effectively and use more electricity because they have to work harder. The money you spend on a regular service by our heat pump experts will come back to you, and then some, in no time at all.

After you’ve booked us in for that long overdue service, here are some other things you can do to save energy and money.

  • If you have a beer fridge, you probably only use it on weekends. So turn it off during the week and save at least one hundred dollars every year.
  • When was the last time you defrosted your freezer? An iced up freezer runs far less efficiently and chews through power.
  • After you’ve defrosted your freezer, fill any gaps in the appliance with empty ice cream containers. When a freezer is half empty, it works harder to cool that void – so the more you fill that space, the less work it has to do.
  • Stop using standby mode on appliances like TVs, stereos and electronic equipment.Turn them off altogether and you’ll be surprised how much you’ll save. Washing machines, dryers, and phone chargers can drain unnecessary energy too so switch everything off at the wall when you’re not using them.
  • If you’ve long been in the habit of doing hot water washes for your clothes because you think the results are better, think again. Modern day laundry powders for cold water are just as good, and cooler water is far kinder on your clothes.
  • Only use your heat pump for cooling or heating when you need it. The idea that running it constantly is more energy efficient, even when you’re not home, is an expensive myth.
  • Close the doors to the rooms that you don’t need to cool (or heat)
  • Replace your old bulbs with LED bulbs – they’re about 85% more energy efficient.

Every bit counts, so don’t be afraid to research other energy saving ideas. But remember, one of the first things you should do is contact us and book in that heat pump service. Your heat pump will run far more efficiently and save you some serious dollars on your power bill.

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