Don't get 'shell shocked' by using more energy at home than you need to this Easter!

With the long weekend approaching and a shorter working week for most of us after that, the Easter break is the ideal time of year for family and friends to get together at home (unless you’re heading off somewhere nice instead!). However, hosting multiple guests for a big Easter lunch can put a drain on your household energy use. Here are a few tips to help reduce the impact of your holiday energy bills:

  • Ensure that electrical appliances like microwaves, kettles, TVs and speakers, computers, laptops, mobile phone chargers and gaming consoles are turned off at the wall so they're not draining electricity while on standby
  • If you are heading away for the Easter break, ensuring that all of those electrical items above are switched off at the mains, and not left on standby, which can help save up to 2kWh per day
  • If you’re cooking an Easter lunch for family and friends, consider using a slow cooker or crockpot, as they are a very efficient way to cook a delicious feast (using low energy) for your guests…if you have the available time to slow cook!
  • Using covers or lids for those stovetop pots and pans can help avoid unnecessary energy wastage
  • Another good idea is to try cooking your lamb (or preferred centrepiece dish) on the barbeque. Help reduce costs by putting those hours of energy use onto your gas cylinder instead and keep the kitchen free of lingering meat smells!

The Department of the Environment and Energy has some additional Easter holidays recommendations:

  • If you're flying to your holiday destination, you can opt to pay a little extra to offset your air travel's carbon emissions with most Australian airlines. This means the money you pay is directed towards projects which reduce carbon emissions. You can find out about the carbon offset projects from different airlines from their websites. The National Carbon Offset Standard (NCOS) trademark indicates that a business is committed to achieving genuine carbon emission reductions.
  • If you're camping or bushwalking, consider using the 'leave no trace' philosophy and don't leave behind any rubbish, use bio-degradable soap (or none at all) for cleaning up. The same applies at the beach—be considerate of other users, marine life and animals, and help keep our beaches clean.

That’s all yolks! AEMO would like to take this opportunity to wish all of our stakeholders and partners, and all energy consumers, a very safe and enjoyable Easter break.