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Reduce your energy bills

Rising power prices are in the news and prompting some households to take a fresh look at energy consumption. The good news is there’s plenty you can do to lower your energy bills and a range of resources to help you save without compromising on comfort.

Every household situation is different. So the best place to start is by understanding how much energy you use each day and which energy saving actions will have the biggest impact in your home.

Things to consider include:

  • your choice of energy retailer
  • the size and features of your home
  • the energy efficiency of your appliances
  • your lifestyle
  • the way you manage and use the equipment around your home.

5 ways to reduce your energy bill now that won't cost a thing

  1. Hot water—potentially the single biggest source of energy use in your home.

Wash clothes in cold water and only wash full loads. Run the dishwasher only when it’s full and scrape plates first then cold water rinse if they need it. Fit a low-flow showerhead (it will pay for itself in no time) and take shorter showers.

  1. Climate control—heating and cooling are usually the next biggest energy guzzlers.

In winter, set your heating thermostats to 18–20 degrees Celsius. In summer, set your cooling thermostats to 25–27 degrees Celsius. Every extra degree increases your heating and cooling energy use by between 5 and 10 per cent. Close internal doors and only heat or cool the rooms you are using.

  1. Window watch—up to 40 per cent of the heat in your home could be leaking out your windows.

In winter, open curtains to let the sun in and close curtains before it gets dark to keep the heat in – especially while your heater is on. In summer, close curtains during the hottest part of the day. At night you can open curtains and windows to let warm air out and cool breezes in.

  1. Use appliances wisely—they could be responsible for as much as one third of your energy bill.

Turn off additional fridges and freezers when not needed and think about getting rid of these. Use lids on pots while cooking, fill the kettle and pots with only as much water as you need. Reduce pool filter running time to the safe minimum set out in the manual. Dry clothes on the line not in a dryer—it’s free!

  1. Turn it off at the wall—standby power can account for more than 10 per cent to your power bill.

Any items with a little light on or clock are using power, and your mobile phone charger is drawing power even when your phone is not plugged in. Turn off appliances at the wall when you’re not using them—it’s a very easy way to save energy. Consider smart power boards and take control of your technology.

 

 

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