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No-cost and low-cost energy solutions workshop next Tuesday

Sharon Kelley 11 June 2020
Exterior of rear of country home.

On 16 June, an online workshop will provide tips on how residents in the Eurobodalla Shire Council can reduce their power consumption this winter. Photo: Supplied.

Eurobodalla Shire Council will hold an online workshop next Tuesday, 16 June at 11 am to share insights and tips on saving energy and staying warm this winter.

Householders can join the online workshop, which will help with simple no-cost and low-cost ways to save energy, reduce power bills and lower emissions.

Council’s sustainability coordinator Mark Shorter said the workshop will consider fundamental principles of home energy use and provide tools for working out savings.

“We’ll cover a range of topics and answer questions such as the rebates and support available, how to know when you are getting the best deal from your electricity retailer, and what actions result in the biggest energy reductions,” he said.

Mr Shorter added there are many no-cost or low-cost solutions for homeowners to reduce their energy spending.

“For example, when we talk about upgrading to a low-flow shower head we often only think about the water savings this will deliver, when in fact due to the energy needed to heat water it saves a lot more on electricity,” he said.

“A two-person home with daily, five-minute showers would knock off $150 from their annual water bill by switching to a water-efficient shower head, and $500 each year in electricity savings, given a typical electric storage hot-water system.”

Mr Shorter said reducing energy waste could also make a big difference in keeping homes warm and comfortable during winter.

“If you can afford them, double-glazed windows are really great, preventing heat loss in winter and heat gain in summer,” he said.

“Most people think double-glazed windows are out of reach due to cost. But did you know you can achieve the same insulating properties just by using backed curtains combined with a pelmet?”

“These are the kinds of tips and tools we’ll be sharing on Tuesday.”

Householders can register for the free 45-minute online workshop via email or by contacting Mark Shorter on 02 4474 1373.

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