Making your home more energy efficient can:
As well as checking your bills and overall energy usage, you can always conduct your own quick and simple home energy assessment. Just walk through your home and make a list of all the problems you see.
Check for: air leaks, insulation, ventilation, heating and cooling equipment, lighting, appliances and electronics.
This will give you an idea of where you currently stand.
There are many ways you can save energy – from setting your air conditioning to 24°C or higher to choosing more efficient lightbulbs.
But beyond these small changes, there's plenty more you can do to make your home more energy efficient.
The Green Electricity Tariff (GET) is a local programme to help people lower their electricity consumption, and their carbon footprint.
With a GET programme you have the option of purchasing a low carbon electricity supply without having to install your own solar rooftop or other renewable energy source.
From water heaters to washing machines, more and more household products and appliances are becoming energy efficient.
The energy efficient label was introduced in 2006 by the Energy Commission for appliances that comply with the standards and requirements of an energy performance test.
Using a 5-star appliance will reduce your electricity consumption and bills.
Renewable energy is generated from sources such as the sun, wind or water and reduces our reliance on fossil fuels.
Solar energy produces no emissions as it uses sunlight to create electricity. If you can afford to, installing solar panels will help reduce the amount of electricity you have to buy from the grid.
Using your savings can be a good option to fund home improvements, especially smaller projects. But it's important to consider whether there are any charges for withdrawing your savings and whether you'll have enough money left over for an emergency fund.
You may be eligible for certain products that help you fund energy-saving home improvements, such as grants or financing.
Personal financing allows you to spread the cost of a home improvement project, over a set period.
Our personal financing-i calculator can help you work out what your monthly payments could be.
Another option could be to liquidate more money against your property to release some equity. This can help fund home improvements, like making your home more energy-efficient, which could also increase its value.
You'll need to think carefully about securing financing against your home as it can be repossessed if you're unable to keep up with the payments.