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6. Does your household minimize/avoid clothes dryer use?

A clothes dryer running for one hour consumes around 2 kWh of electricity. That's more than the average fridge uses in one day! If you are drying your washing outside on a clothes line whenever possible, you are avoiding unnecessary carbon emissions.

7. Does your household minimize/avoid heater use (e.g. dressing warmly, passive heating)?

Depending on where you live, heating and/or air conditioning probably account for a large slice of your carbon emissions. This means that anything you do to reduce how much heating/cooling your house needs makes a significant difference. Even just lowering a thermostat by 1° in winter and raising it by 1° in summer reduces heating/cooling emissions (and power bills) by 5-10%.

Dressing warmly in winter means that heaters can be used less often, or set relatively low. You can use free solar heating by allowing in winter sun through north-facing windows, and use thermal mass to trap that warmth.


8. Does your household minimize/avoid air conditioning use (e.g. shading, cross-breezes, fans, etc.)?

To minimize/avoid air-conditioner use, you can open windows on opposite sides of your house to generate a cooling cross-breeze. Choose a light-coloured roof. Vent your roof-space. Switch on a fan. Close the curtains or blinds where sun is shining on windows. Shading the outsides of windows and walls (eaves, verandas, awnings, deciduous vines or trees) goes a long way to keeping a house cool.

If you are building or renovating, see Passive Solar Heating and Passive Cooling.



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