With April recording the hottest temperature ever in Adelaide, we’re not putting away the air conditioner remote for the season just yet. While the milder seasons—autumn and spring—are coming and there’s less reliance on heating and cooling, it’s still important to practice energy efficiency.

It starts with educating yourself on how to reduce your energy consumption at home. Energy waste is something we’re all guilty of. We turn on the heater when there’s a blanket or jumper near us that we could use instead. And we give in to air conditioned air in summer, when it’s nice enough to sit outside in the fresh air. But just know there are options and things you can do to save power.

Start simply and choose the times of the day when you need heating or cooling the most. Is it at 2.00PM when that afternoon sun is baking your house? Maybe it’s at 5.00PM when your family gets home for the day. Allow an hour or two with your air conditioner or heater on, then rely on heat from the sun or really thick doonas for the rest of the day and night.

Our next tip would be to familiarise yourself with your systems, appliances, and devices. Talk to your air conditioning provider about how to best work the system. Ask them to show you how to use the remote control. There are bound to be settings on there that unless you ask, you won’t know about. Get them to explain to you what that ‘snowflake’ button means and when it should be used. Think of your air conditioning remote as a tool, not just an easy turn on/off device.

Make adjustments around your home to ensure it’s not working against you. Is there a draft that’s bringing in cold air during winter that could be fixed? Inspect your environment to see if there’s any improvements that’ll help maximise the heating and cooling when it’s on. You might like to talk to a property inspection expert for this.

Hire a professional to check your appliances, too. Think about how you use common appliances around your home. Can you change your actions to lower the amount of power you’re consuming? For example, if you have a space heater in your room, find out how much energy that appliance is using. What’s the percentage in your power bill and is it worth it? These are the types of questions you need to ask.

Think outside the power-saving box and take steps to make your home more energy-conscious.