Save on your electricity bill
Save money on your power bill and reduce your carbon footprint with these ideas:
Switch off and unplug appliances
A quick and easy way to reduce your electricity bill is to turn off appliances at the power point when you’re not using them. When things like computers and TVs switch into standby mode, they still use electricity, which can really add up over time.
Get into the habit of turning off and unplugging your kettle, washing machine, stereo and other items when you’re not using them.
Other ways to switch off and save are:
- Unplug your second fridge – If you have a second fridge, keep it unplugged and switched off until you need it.
- Dress for the temperature – Put on a jumper and warm socks instead of turning on the heater.
- Avoid using the dryer – Hang your washing outside on sunny days, and use an indoor clothes rack when it’s raining, instead of using the clothes dryer.
- Hot water bottle – Use a hot water bottle instead of an electric blanket. If you do use an electric blanket, turn it on to warm up the bed before you get in. Then, turn if off before you go to sleep.
Turn off the lights
Take advantage of the sun and rely on natural light as much as you can each day. When you do need to use the lights, remember to turn them off when you leave the room.
If you have a single storey home, consider installing skylights.
Shop around for a better deal on your electricity
Compare energy suppliers to make sure you’re getting the best deal. You can compare energy offers in your area by visiting the Australian Government’s Energy Made Easy website.
If you live in Victoria, you can also use the Victorian Energy Compare website to compare energy offers.
Close the gaps and trap the heat inside
Use a door snake under the door, and seal up any gaps or cracks around your windows, doors, ceilings and floors.
When you’re using the heater, close the door to keep the heat inside the room. Then, when the room is warm enough, switch it off. Closing your curtains or blinds at night also helps to trap the heat in.
Check the energy rating of new appliances
When you’re buying a new appliance like an air conditioner, fridge, washing machine or dishwasher, check the energy star rating. This will help you find the most efficient products and save you money in the long run.
You can save a lot of electricity by buying energy efficient light bulbs and appliances. Download the Energy Rating app to see the running costs.
Article by ASIC Money Smart – Read it here.
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