Want to save a large amount of money on your energy bill? Follow these simple steps and you could be saving thousands of dollars every year:
1. Wear the right clothes
It’s really important to dress for the temperature, especially during the cooler seasons. Layering clothes will help keep you warm in winter. This will mean that you can turn your heater down and save on electricity costs. Some people choose to have floor heating and things like towel rack heating which can be good in the colder months but can use a lot of electricity. So wear your woolly shoes for winter.
2. Shut doors and close curtains
Heating or cooling the whole house can be very expensive. Where possible, shut doors and windows to all areas you are not using and only heat or cool some rooms you commonly use. Keep your curtains closed at night and during the day when it is hot. If you use your air conditioning keep it on for a real short time ,just enough to cool the house then switch it off immediately. This will definitely save you $$$.
3. Wash clothes using cold water
You can save hundreds of dollars per year by washing your clothes in cold water and occasionally hand washing your clothes. You can also save by making sure you select the shortest appropriate washing cycle. Also, it is important to wait until you have a full load as the more loads you do, the more electricity you will use. Also when purchasing a washing machine buy the appropriate sized machine you require.
4. Turn your hot water circuit off when not in use
If you are planning on going on a holiday, turn your hot water main switch off in the switchboard to stop the thermostat heating your hot water element up continuously. This will definitely save you hundreds on your hot water bill, especially if you have a large water tank.
5. Turn heaters and air conditioners off when you aren’t using them
Turn heaters and air conditioners off when you leave the room, or go to bed. With some ducted heating systems you can turn off the heating in the rooms that are unoccupied. Also turn off your heater and air conditioner when you leave the house. Running the air conditioning on the coldest setting and on high during long peaks will really suck up your electricity.
6. Run your fridge efficiently
Your fridge is always on, making it one of your most expensive appliances. Make sure the door seal is tight so cold air can’t escape. An ideal fridge temperature is 4 or 5 degrees and an ideal freezer temperature is minus 15 to minus 18 degrees Celsius.
Stop standby power waste
7. Don’t keep appliances on standby
Did you know your laptop charger is still using energy even when your laptop is not attached?Up to 10% of your electricity could be used by appliances that are on standby. A standby power controller can reduce standby time and switch appliances off when they are not in use.
9. Use energy-efficient light globes
Replace old incandescent and halogen light globes with energy-efficient globes. Energy-efficient globes save power and last longer. LED globes are definitely the way of the future.