10 tips for saving gas

Whether you are looking to be more eco-friendly, or just want to save some extra dollars, here are some tips for saving gas! There are a number of things you can do to make the most of your energy, but we wanted to highlight 10 key tips that we think are easy to achieve and will help you save gas and money.

 

  • Get a controllable thermostat: Whether that is a smart meter, or a thermostat that you can connect to your smartphone/computer. This means you can manually control your usage on a regular basis and conserve gas usage. Controllable thermostats can also be used in conjunction with your smart meter as you can use your smart meter to track how much money you are saving on a daily basis on your energy.
  • Conserve hot water: Whether it’s using the shower less, using a kettle instead of the hob to heat water, at every opportunity try your best to limit your hot water usage as that is what a large portion of the gas is used for.
  • Be smart in the kitchen: Use the toaster instead of the grill. Simple things like putting lids over pans makes food cook quicker and you will need to use less gas. Try and cook in bulk so you are not having to turn the appliances on and off on a constant basis.
  • Layer it up: Rather than cranking up the heating, put on an extra layer if you are feeling cold. Not only will you save gas, but you will also save yourself valuable money. Another great way to ‘layer up’ is by using a hot water bottle!
  • Insulation: This is key for saving gas and money. Insulating your roof, walls, and cold spaces is an initial expense that will save you a lot in the long term. If you are in a completely detached house this is something you will need to look at due to there being cold walls in the home. When in a rental property, ask your landlord what he is doing to insulate and help you save money on bills.
  • Be smart in the bathroom: invest in a shower timer; try to not have baths as these are going to cost you a lot in gas.
  • Avoid standby: switch off appliances by the wall, as standby power is a secret drain! Try to do this with every appliance and you will see a difference.
  • Double-glazing: just like insulation, invest in double or triple glazing if possible. We recommend that if you are in a rental property, to always go for a double-glazed flat or house, as single glazing will cost you more to run and unless your landlord changes the windows, there is not much you can do.
  • Bulk your chores: Do your washing, ironing, tumble drying and meal preparation on the same day where possible.
  • Use your luxuries less: In summer, avoid using the heater or hot water (if gas-powered). Stick to the natural sunlight and the heat it provides you with!
Author: Claire Stapley
Claire Stapley is ElectricityComparison.com.au's Energy Editor, based in Melbourne Australia. Claire is a founding member of ElectricityComparison.com.au News and Energy Team.