We all love using electricity – but when the time rolls around when we have to pay our electricity bill, sometimes we wish we hadn’t used so much.
If your electricity bill is too high, or you would like to save some extra money, have a look at these tips to help you save on electricity. Here are nine ways to save electricity and reduce your bill.
Believe it or not, light bulbs can contribute a surprising amount to your power bill, especially if you have old incandescent or halogen light bulbs. Consider installing energy-efficient light globes. Not only do they use less electricity, but they can also last longer too, which means you don’t need to buy new ones as often.
Adjust the thermostat
While it is extremely important to stay nice and cool in the summer and warm and snug in the winter, heating and cooling can be expensive. When heating, set your thermostat to between 18 and 20 degrees – each degree above 20 can add up to 10% to its running costs. In the hotter seasons set the temperature to 25 or 26 degrees. Once again, every degree below 25 can add around 10% to its running costs.
Wash clothes with cold water
It is no secret that hot water uses a lot more power than cold water. Where you can, try to stick to the cold wash setting for day to day laundry. Furthermore, take advantage of washing machines with good quality, eco-friendly settings and make sure to set your washing machine to the correct load size.
Switch off appliances at the wall
Standby appliances can cost a typical household up to or over $100 per year in wasted electricity. As many people don’t know, appliances like televisions, microwaves, dishwashers and even phone chargers can consume electricity when they’re not being used, which can end up costing you bucket loads if you’re not careful. If you keep forgetting to switch off at the wall, consider buying a smart power board to stop standby electricity for you.
Close doors, windows and curtains
This tip is nice and simple. The harder an air conditioner has to work, the more power it uses and the higher your bill. When running your air conditioner, be sure to close your windows, doors and curtains.
Create a well-insulated home
Insulation is a cost-effective way to improve your home’s energy efficiency, helping reduce your heating and cooling costs. Insulation helps your home maintain a comfortable natural temperature. It acts like an esky to keep the cool in during summer, while acting like a thermo in winter to retain heat. In fact, adequate insulation can save homes up to 45% per year on their electricity costs.
Tracking your electricity usage with an energy monitor means you can see exactly how and when you are using electricity. This helps you to identify opportunities to save electricity and reduce your power bill. Electricity monitoring is available to most smart meter customers, other meter types will require a meter attachment to access energy monitoring.
Check appliance settings
Adjusting the settings of certain appliances can have a huge impact on your power bill. For example, check the fridge isn’t running too cold and that your TV isn’t too bright. Also make sure you take advantage of any eco settings on appliances such as dishwashers, clothes dryers, washing machines and air conditioners.
Compare electricity providers
Last but certainly not least, compare electricity retailers. If you have been with the same electricity provider for years, then there’s a good chance there is a better provider out there for you. You can save a significant amount by shopping around for a better deal.
By following these basic tips, you can ensure that your power bill is cheaper, leaving you more money for the things that matter more.
If you have any questions about prolonging the life of your AC, or are looking for a quote for electrical installations, repairs, or general maintenance, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with HunterCON today.
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