How To Reduce Your Energy Bill

Do you and your household suffer from monstrous power bills? All you need are a few simple tricks and tips to start saving energy and dollars. Keep an eye out for signs that you might be using more energy than needed – lights on in unused rooms, unnecessarily large bills and wearing shorts inside in winter are all signs that you are using too much energy. Here’s a few tips…

Heating:

  • Set the heater to a comfortable 20°C.
  • Get a heater that can be programmed to turn on and off automatically as required
  • Put on more warm clothes, use hot water bottles and heated throws – only use heaters on the really cold days and nights!
  • Check for and seal any air leaks and consider insulation
  • Invest in an annual tune up to ensure your heating system is running at optimal efficiency.

Cooling:

  • Set your air conditioner to a comfortable 24°C.
  • Close your blinds, curtains, windows and doors in the morning and open them when it’s cooler later in the day.
  • Choose cool cotton clothing and only use air conditioners only on days maximum temperatures are 30°C or higher.
  • Consider fans rather than air conditioners to cut electricity use. Most fans costs less than 1 cent per hour to run while air conditioners cost at least 12 cents per hour.
  • Check for and seal air leaks and consider insulation.

Hot water:

  • Change old showerheads to an energy efficient, three star rated showerhead.
  • Invest in a heat pump, solar hot water system or upgrade an existing heater system to reduce bills - you could save more than $100 per year.

Lighting:

  • Turn off lights in unused rooms.
  • Consider dimmable switches for inside and motion sensor lighting for outside.
  • Upgrade lighting system from standard incandescent bulbs to more energy efficient ones that give the same light but use less energy.
  • Replacing 6 x 75 Watt incandescent with 15 Watt compact fluorescent lamps could save about $100 per year.

Fridges and freezers:

  • Keep thermostats at ideal temperatures. The fridge should be between 2ºC and 6ºC while the Freezer should be between -11ºC and -23ºC.
  • Make the most of improved minimum energy performance standards – upgrade your old refrigerator and save about $150 a year.

Clothes washing and drying:

  • Front loading washing machines use around 60% less water and energy than top loaders.
  • Switch to a sensor dryer that turns off automatically when the load is dry and conserve electricity.
  • Use the washing line instead of the clothes dryer.
  • Think about replacing your dryer with new heat pump technology which could potentially halve the energy used for drying.

Standby power:

  • Make the effort to turn appliances off at the wall when no longer in use – this can help you save up to 800 kWh and $180 per year off your power bill.

Reshma anik

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