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ient gas heaters and continuous gas water heating can also be nient and low-cost options. However, fossil fuels such as gas have r carbon footprint than renewable heating. odern, efficient woodburner or pellet burner is one of the most nable choices for space heating. Not only is wood renewable, but it so be carbon neutral. Even better, if wood or kindling can be sourced LIVING WITH ENERGY EFFICIENCY IN MIND What you do every day can be as important as the systems in your home. Here are some simple tips. HOT WATER Adjust the thermostat so that hot water is 55°C at the tap. Use cold water when filling the jug, rinsing dishes and washing clothes. Take showers instead of baths – and make them shorter. SPACE HEATING Open curtains to bring in light and sun; close curtains just before it gets dark. Use a timer on heaters so they come on only when you need them and switch off automatically at the right temperature. Use timers on heated towel rails and turn off altogether in summer. e, it can be an extremely cheap source of heat. r energy – either via solar water heating or photovoltaics (PV) – is r option for renewable energy at home. APPLIANCES AND ELECTRONICS ting typically accounts for around 8 percent of home energy use. ng energy-efficient light bulbs can cut your lighting costs significantly ding to EECA you can save $20 a year for every high-use bulb ed). LEDs (light emitting diodes) use around 80 percent less energy than dard light bulb and they only cost about 20 percent of the price to run. ck out EECA’s Energywise website for in-depth advice on all aspects of energy use. Run them on eco-settings where possible and turn off at the wall when not needed.