Creative ways to save energy (August)

75 creative ways to save energy! These hand-picked ideas to save energy are varied and creative and can save you money!

We asked and we received over 2500 great ideas on how to save money creatively. Because our energy comes from wind and rain, Momentum Energy is interested in renewable energy advances, more sustainable technologies and simple ways that each and every one of us can save energy, save money and in turn, live more sustainably.

We've collected 200 of the most creative and fun entries - and here's the next 75 of those 215 entries. There'll surely be something in here to inspire you to save energy and save you money. What's your favourite? What else do you do to save energy creatively?

  • I save energy by riding my bike on a stationary trainer to generate enough power to charge most of my devices. Getting fit and making clean energy. Two bids with one stone

  • My fish tank is filled with bio-luminescent fish, so at night instead of having the lights on the fish light up the living room.. well at least they try!

  • The greater insulation offered by green roofs can reduce the amount of energy needed to moderate the temperature of a building, as roofs are the sight of the greatest heat loss in the winter and the hottest temperatures in the summer. National Research Council of Canada found that an extensive green roof reduced the daily energy demand for air conditioning in the summer by over 75%. Also to fill your walls with hay straw because its a really good insulator.

  • Install an air pump to transfer warm air from the lounge where the wood heater is situated to the bedrooms. Cost of system is only $600 and is a DIY.

  • We have a lot of windows and have double glazed them for insulation. We keep cool in summer and warm in winter!

  • Drying wet clothes near warm appliances during winter! You can do this overnight :)

  • Turn off hot water system when going on holiday.

  • I have a reward chart and when my kids have all their power off they get a sticker, depending on how many stickers they get each week is how much they have earnt

  • Winding down the momentum of your electricity use getting out of control by being aware of which home appliances use the most energy.

  • Leave the car parked and ride to the shop saves energy and less pollution.

  • In order to save on energy around the home, I have invested more (on what my initial savings would be) on fitting Wi-Fi controlled LED bulbs throughout the home and all set on various timers and dim-levels to suit our liviving habits. It makes using energy fun!

  • Two interesting ways we save energy at home is, if needed, we use the clothes dryer several times (do multiple loads of washing) to piggyback the heat the dryer generates into other loads. We also try and keep the fridge full.  The food works as an insulator and keeps the temps cold.

  • We have a candlelight night once a week. It's romantic plus it saves energy.

  • My most creative way of conserving energy would be using mowed lawn clippings, and burning it to produce light. Using an object to hold the burning clippings, you can place them around your house with the addition of the smell of nature and flowers. The resources become available every mowing season and is right out you back door.

  • Block your chimney. An unblocked fireplace can mean money up the chimney – hundreds of pounds each year. You can cap your chimney or, if you use it occasionally, block the draught with an inflatable chimney balloon. Another alternative is the ingenious Heatsaver transparent perspex fireplace shield that lets you see your fireplace but seals it when not being used and is easily removed when you want to light your fire.

  • Install a voltage optimisation device, The difference between the voltage fed into your home and what your appliances need could mean that a standard appliance takes more than 4% more current and consumes almost 9% more energy than necessary. Technology could save you up to 10pc on your electricity bills.

  • Working with a solar racing team at UNSW. Save energy by creating a solar car that has actually broken a world record!

  • Draught-proofing is one of the cheapest and most efficient ways to save energy but is often overlooked! I make creative fun ones myself as art projects. Win - Win!

  • I used to use my DIY solar ovens to cook lunches and dinners. Because I'm busy studying and working, I can't spend much time cooking with them. I use them to heat up water in order to remove chlorine. The oven are made from used carton boxes and aluminium foil. They don't cost much to make but are powerful enough to cook. On a sunny day, I can cook 2 cups of brown rice in a black pot wrapped in a plastic bag 1 to 1.5 hours. The maximum temperature inside the pot can reach up to 92C which is hot enough to cook meat. This method is very eco-friendly and helps saving electricity bills.

  • Storing rain water in tanks around the house for Summer months

  • Changing all of my light bulbs in the house to energy saver bulbs

  • By opening a few doors and closing others, I can get the perfect wind flow through my house in the summer. We don't even need air con most of the time!

  • Have a child: save energy on a dishwasher, a dryer, and a TV! They offer endless entertainment!

  • I have installed a switch at the front door that isolates all power except for my fridge. Saving hundreds on the items left on standby.

  • I learn how stuff works. Then I can understand how to use it effectively and economically while enjoying life and not being a scrooge.

  • Have 50L hot water heater (off-peak not available). Turn on 1 hr ONLY each morning.  Have sufficient hot water for myself for entire day.  If you leave HW heater turned ON, it heats up,each time you use the hot water tap & this adds 30% to my electricity bill.  Also turn off TV & computers (at wall switch), when not in use. Soon installing solar.

  • Only using cold water to wash my clothes.

  • Sleep during the daytime peak hours and party all night on off-peak rates

  • All the plug sockets in my room have a remote controlled on off switch closest to the wall plug. That way, when I leave the room it takes one easy button press to turn all the electronics off!

  • I've made a SWITCH that's ENVIRONMENTALLY right. LED BULBS for my SOURCE of LIGHT. They save me MONEY and ENERGY while ILLUMINATING WATT I see.

  • Use fish bowl/tank dirty water to water citrus plant. Not only it provides moist to the soil, it also have all the benefit Nitrate as fertiliser for the plant.

  • Give the kids 10c for every light they find on and switch off.

  • Since installing solar panels i have been accutely aware of how our household uses energy. We watch our internal monitor to see how much power we areproducing and use our dishwasher, washing machine and dryer in accord with that solar production

  • Have fittings in your house that tell you when you should slow down on usage and how much you've already used.

  • Sit by candle light at night, it adds an air of old world charm, an overload of romance and the snuggling that ensues saves on heating bills too ;)

  • Singing shorter songs in the shower

  • Replace your heaters with a fireplace. Start the fireplace in the morning, so by the evening the house is already toasty warm.

  • Just my little life hack which is easy for singles (and even some couples too).
    • Cooking in bulk on weekends is a great way to save energy:

    • By using your oven/stove in one hit and doing your cooking for the week/fortnight you can cook more, wasting less energy than more regular smaller cookups.

    • During the winter season using the oven, & cooking on the stove will help to warm your home resulting in less need to run the heater during your cooking session.

    • By cooking and doing the cleaning all at once, you are likely to completely fill your dishwasher (a significant energy saving).

    • You save wasting energy on heating for the day & subsequently wasting more energy throughout the week cooking (and cleaning/running the dishwasher a quarter or half loaded every day or two).

    • The key is think in bulk... don't put the dishwasher/washing machine on until it is full... same with your oven... cook an extra chook... make some sandwiches out of it. Think outside the box!


  • Well when I turn the hot water tap on to wash the dishes the water is not always hot. So I put the cold running water in a milk jug until it turns hot and then I use that water to water my garden.

  • I use a clapper on all my lights, this way it's easier to switch them on and off when not needed.

  • I have installed wi-fi switches that allow me to switch on or off appliances remotely. I monitor online my solar output and when favourable i switch on heavy energy usage appliances so i save money and use free energy.

  • When our dishwasher gets to the drying cycle, I turn it off, open the door and let the dishes dry naturally. Over a year it saves a substantial amount of energy.

  • My living room used to be lit with 6 "tin can" downlights. When we bought the house two years ago, each of these light fittings contained a 60 Watt globe (i.e. 360 Watt total). To add insult to injury, they were coloured 1970s mission brown and, due to the inefficient nature of the globes, they got exceedingly hot with time. To avoid expense, material wastage and energy, I decided not to install new lighting; instead I sprayed the "cans" in a high gloss white automotive paint and replaced the globes with 6 Watt 4000k LED globes (36 Watt total). The fittings now look sleek and modern and, according to my calculations, I have earned my money back already!

  • Install a heat pump or a solar system for your hot water instead of other types of hot water heaters.

  • Not using power in peak times I charge everything after 10 pm at night and before 7 am I have a time of use meter works for me

  • Using a halogen oven to cook meals is not only quick but saves me a lot of money on energy bills.

  • Insulate your roof. An insulated ceiling makes a big difference to your power bills. If you already have insulation installed, check that it is properly installed and has the right rating (measured in 'R-value'). In Victoria, insulation rated R3.5 or higher should be used for ceilings.

  • Move furniture away from vents. Take your air circulation into consideration when arranging your furniture. Placing couches, beds, or rugs directly in front or over top of heating vents prevents air from circulating properly. They can also absorb the heat you pay for. If you're limited for space, moving beds or couches even a half a foot away from the wall can make a difference.

  • Buy a halogen oven,they are far cheaper to run than a conventional electric oven and cook in half the time.

  • After I have the 1st shower in the household, I turn the hot water off, thus saving energy and water as no one wants to stay in there any longer

  • Well energy has many different forms like heat and light so I like to combine activities that assist the other like lighting the fireplace for lighting+warmth

  • Sensor lighting! Every room! The kids often duck in and out with a fleeting ZOOM! Instantaneous peace of mind! Reduced electricity bills I unquestionably find!

  • An Apple watch app, that tells your home computer what room you're in and automatically turns on / off the lights for you!

  • Timers, timers, timers. Instead of switching products on and off, which causes wasted energy due to spikes as well as the tendency to forget I always use timers. Set the washing, the drying, the climate to run during off peak times and run as little energy in the day for solar feed-back to the grid.

  • We used to throw out a lot of scraps and now our chickens are a good recycling unit. Scraps they don't eat are feed to our worms. With both back yard processes we end up with fresh eggs daily, great compost and liquid fertilizer, all from waste which is changed into a new form of usable energy "food" for people and plants.

  • I got an engineer to design a device to power my TV with my excercise bike. Now I don't pay to power my TV and I don't need the heating on while watching it as the pedalling keeps me warm.  Getting fitter too.

  • Always turn appliances off at the power point when you not using them, have hot water set on nigfht rate. Remember to have blinds open in winter to let sunshine in, instead of having the lights on and it also helps to warm up the area but in summer use blinds to keep hot sunshine out. Only use your washing machine when you have a full load and hang washing outside instead of using a dryer.

  • Washing my clothes with cold water, with the shortest washing cycle and waiting until I have a full load. Saved me about $100 last year.

  • Hot water gets switched off every time we leave the house and back on with return! $100 saved every quarter!

  • Install a halogen oven, it uses 75% less energy than conventional ovens

  • Tell your partner about your day through interpretive dance. The physical exertion will hold you in good stead for the rest of the night.

  • Getting our 3 adult children to leave home has halved our electricity bill !! :-)

  • I plant trees and watch them grow! Its a great green way to to save energy. My trees provide shade in the summer, which helps cool my home and reduces my reliance on my air con. They also deflects cold wind in the winter so that it does not get into your home. Most of also they offset my carbon usage.

  • Turn your clock off when not using it ;)

  • Turn lights and heater off, cuddle under a blanket together with candlelight.

  • I have set up a sensor light in the garage for the dog so when she can see when she enters the garage it comes on for 30 seconds and when she leaves it goes off saving power. A small thing but it works

  • When the weather is suitable working outside to reap the sun's light and heat rather than sitting inside with lights and a heater on, doing exactly the same work.

  • I am looking into putting a remote timer on the instantaneous hot water so that when my daughter's time is up, the temperature "gradually" goes down. Saves energy and water!!!

  • Having a swithch or device (card or key tag) like hotels. When you leave only the bare essentials are supplied with power (fridge, phone clock(s)) and upon your return you can activate all devices you regularly use into power saving mode using this Key.

  • Planting a tree. A well placed tree will help produce shade and can reduce cooling costs by 25 percent (according to studies). Plus theres less carbon dioxide floating around in the air too!

  • Best way I discovered was put my washing machine onto a longer wash on a cold cycle instead of a warm wash! I read the instruction manual and it showed a lower power consumption of up to about 25% which is great!

  • Rather than switching on the TV we read the IMDB synopsis of a show, and then play charades. Breaking Bad didn't go too well.

  • I have purchased a gadget that lets me control my power outlets with my phone. Makes it so easy to switch everything off when I leave the house.

  • Packing my freezer differently to change airflow had cut my bill significantly because the fridge is working efficiently instead of random stacking!

  • Going for a jog to warm up rather then turning to the heater! Making substitutions for high energy consuming appliances and activities. Always a way to have more fun, get healthier and use less energy!

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