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21 Do It Yourself Electricity Audit Walk through each area of your home and record the details of each electricity using item as below. You can typically find the ‘watts’ on the items nameplate or in the owner’s manual. On small electrical appliances you may see the Amps and Volts instead - multiply Amps x Volts to get Watts. If you cant find the wattage search the Internet for that particular model. NB 1 kilowatt kW = 1,000 watts W. The rest is just an arithmetic exercise - multiply A x B x C x D to work out how much electricity you use per year.
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22 Daily Respond to the weather Open and/or close doors and windows appropriately Check thermostat set-points to ensure they have not been changed by others in your home Monthly Defrost freezers before the ice becomes too thick Clean exhaust hood filters Clean dishwasher filter screens Clean dryer lint filter Clean light fittings Clean air conditioner filter pads Check for any leaking taps inside and out – especially those providing hot water Annually Check seals on fridge and oven doors. Hold a small piece of newspaper between the door and the frame and close the door. The paper should be firmly held in place so that it cannot be pulled out Clean dust from the condenser coil on the back of the fridge/freezer Repair any draught leaks as your home naturally swells and contracts as a result of changing temperatures Turn your pool pump down in winter Have your air conditioner serviced before the start of summer Have your vehicle serviced at the time advised by a qualified mechanic or sooner if necessary Clean solar panels Maintenance checklist Your 6-Star Guide to operating an energy-efficient home
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References References 1. Sustainability House 2011, “6 Star” Survival Guide, p1. Available from: <http://static.suho.com.au/info/6_star.pdf> 2. Building Commission 2012, Building Regulations 2012 - Energy Efficiency, Available from: <http://www.buildingcommission.wa.gov.au/docs/advisory-notes/an021- building-regulations-2012---energy-efficiency.pdf> 3. Eppen, M & Nisbet, G 2011, Taking new design up to the top stars, New Homes: Sustainable Living, The West Australian, p42-44 – 14 May. 4. Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency 2010, Homes, Available from: <http://www.climatechange.gov.au/what-you-need-to-know/buildings/homes.aspx> 5. Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency 2012, Residential Building Disclosure, Available from: <http://www.climatechange.gov.au/en/government/ initiatives/rbd.aspx> Your 6-Star Guide to operating an energy-efficient home 23 Useful Websites Websites Sustainable Energy Association of Australia www.seaaus.com.au Your Home www.yourhome.gov.au Living Greener www.livinggreener.gov.au Equipment Energy Efficiency www.energyrating.gov.au Facts On Solar www.factsonsolar.com.au Your 6-Star Guide to operating an energy-efficient home
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References Your 6-Star Guide to operating an energy-efficient home 24 6. Western Power 2012, Power Down, Available from: <http://westernpower.com.au/ powerdown/content/aboutPowerDown.html> 7. Onen, SH One, F Bailey, D Parquet P 1994, Prevention and treatment of sleep disorders through regulation of sleeping habits, Presse Med, Vol 23(10): p485-489 8.
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