Heating and Cooling are the main component of your energy bills. The main source of heat loss/gain in homes is draughts, so ensure your home is properly weather proofed and draught sealed. Ensure your home has efficient insulation, particularly in the roof.
BBSN can organise a Home Sustainability Assessment to help you find any problem areas that may need attention.
If you would be interested in a Home Sustainability Assessment please contact Ian Southall on 0413 590 220
or email bbsn@dcsi.net.au

There are lots of things you can do to help with savings and many of the above links can give you lots to think about, however here are some of the simpler hints and tips to help you gain some savings.

  • Shut doors and close curtains. Heating or cooling the whole house can be expensive. Where possible, shut doors to areas you are not using and only heat or cool the rooms you spend the most time in. Make sure your curtains or blinds seal your windows properly, and keep your curtains closed at night, and during the day when there is a heat-wave. Block draughts around doors and windows to stop air leaking out, or in.  Set your thermostat - Every degree over 20 deg for heating can add 10% to your bill. In Summer set your Air-Con to 24 deg. Turn heaters and coolers off when you don't need them.Turn off when you leave the room, or go to bed. With some ducted heating systems you can turn off the heating in the rooms that are unoccupied.  Make sure all your heating or cooling is turned off when you leave the house.
  • Washing your clothes - You can save around $115 per year by washing clothes in cold water. You can also save by making sure you select the shortest appropriate washing cycle and waiting until you have a full load.
  • Turn off lights when not in use and go with energy efficient light globes - Replace old incandescent and halogen light globes with energy-efficient globes. Energy-efficient globes save power and last longer. Light globes can sometimes be replaced for free or at reduced cost.
    Energy Saver Incentive can be found HERE 
  • Wear clothing appropriate to the weather. By this simple action you can turn your heater/air conditioner down, giving you savings.
  • The main saver is to ensure your insulation is up to scratch and draught proofing your home. See above re Home Assessment or CLICK HERE  for further information.
  • Turn appliances off at the powerpoint, don't leave them on standby, this can save up to 10% of your useage.
  • Fix leaking taps, not only will it help with you hot water consumption, but your overall water consumption.
  • Insulate your pipes. (pipe insulation is available at most hardware stores)
  • Your fridge is always on, making it one of your most expensive appliances. Make sure the door seal is tight and free from gaps so cold air can't escape. An ideal fridge temperature is 4 or 5 degrees and an ideal freezer temperature is minus 15 to minus 18 degrees Celsius. If you have a second fridge or freezer, only turn it on when you need it.  Make sure your refrigerator has a 5-8 cm gap around it for circulation.
  • Check your water temperature. The best setting is 50 deg C. (You may need to check with a plumber or manufacturer to see how to reset the temperature on your particular hot water system.)
    For further information with recommendations regarding Water Temperature CLICK HERE
  • Only run your dishwasher when full and run it on the "eco" setting if your model has that option.


When choosing an energy retailer, get quotes from several, then go back to a preferred retailer and advise them of your lowest quote and ask them to better it. Retailers do have flexibility on what they offer their customers.
Push for your best deal. 


Comparison website for both Electricity and Gas can be found HERE.
Have a current bill on hand when you go on the site


We hope these hints and tips have been of some help. 

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