Covid-19: An Energy Efficiency Crisis

With many now spending more time at home, and potential financial uncertainty the last thing Western Australian’s need is increasing electricity bills


Whether you’re working from home, studying from home, or just spending more time at home during the covid-19 crisis, you will be using more electricity. With some Western Australian’s already under tremendous financial stress during this time, we don’t need the added stress of increased electricity consumption and bills. That’s why it’s important to take this time you have at home to improve the energy efficiency of your home, so it doesn’t cost you when you need it least.

Shelter WA has complied some tips and resources that may help keep your electricity consumption and costs down and improve the energy efficiency of your home so you can live comfortably, especially as we head towards the colder months.

Shelter WA’s Energy Efficiency Tips

  • Stop cold draughts – Seal any gaps around your home where cold air can sneak in. This might include closing air conditioning vents, seal gaps between the floor and bottom of doors with weather stripes or even rolled up towels and ensure window seals are in good condition and there are no cracks around windows. For more DYI draught proofing visit: https://www.greenityourself.com.au/category/topics/draught-proofing
  • Get out those winter woolies – Before turning on that heater consider if you and your family can layer with some winter woolies first to keep heating costs down. Wearing a cotton singlet under your shirt, warm jump and some woolen socks will help keep you warm in the cooling autumn months. In such stressful times, don’t forget to relax, even consider snuggling up with a warm wooly blanket and a hot drink on these cooling nights.
  • Think about space – When it does get cold enough to need the heater on, remember to think about the space you need to heat. Keep all non-essential rooms closed and only heat the rooms you use such as the living room and bedrooms.
  • Maximise Sunlight – On colder days ensure to open blinds and curtains to allow sun and warmth into your home during the day and close before dark to keep the heat in.
  • Clean appliance filters – To make air conditioners and heating units more efficient, clean filters and remove dust and dirt from the appliances. Choice provides a video and explanation on how to safely clean filters you may find in your appliances at home: https://www.choice.com.au/home-and-living/cooling/air-conditioners/articles/how-to-clean-your-air-conditioner

Further reading

  • ENOVA Free eBook

A free book from Enova which discusses how households can improve energy efficiency and save money by using energy efficient appliances in their homes.

Free eBook download: https://enovaenergy.com.au/home-appliances-that-dont-cost-earth-ebook/ 

  • One Step Off the Grid

One step off the grid has written a great article full of energy efficient tips titled “How to flatten the curve on energy costs during the Covid-19 lockdown”.

Read the article here: https://onestepoffthegrid.com.au/how-to-flatten-the-curve-on-energy-costs-during-the-covid-19-lockdown/