If there’s one thing most of us dread, it’s the arrival of the electricity bill. It’s always higher than we expected.
You can save money on your electricity and it doesn’t have to mean making huge lifestyle changes. Our best advice is to change one habit at a time and start seeing the cost savings straight away.
Here are 10 simple changes you can make at home without too much struggle.
Check the electricity usage of your appliances
The Energy and Water Ombudsman of S.A. website has a guide to help you understand appliance energy usage and what it costs. This will help you discover which of your appliances are costing you the most. You can then adapt your usage to lower costs.
Update and upgrade your older appliances
Older appliances are less energy efficient than the newer models. All new appliances such as fridges, dryers, and washing machines are now required to come with an energy rating. The more stars an appliance has, the more efficient its energy use.
Be clever with energy in different seasons
Insulation will help keep your energy consumption down for heating and cooling but there’s more you can do. Choose block-out curtains or blinds to keep the heat out in summer and stop draughts coming through your windows in winter. Use draught stoppers on each external door to keep the cold out, too. Don’t turn the lights on while the sun is still lighting your room. Why pay for power when the sun is providing it for free?
Check the temperature on your hot water system
Hot water costs can add up to 25% of your overall bill. First, check the temperature your hot water system is set to. The recommended temperature is 60 degrees Celsius. If yours is higher, turn it down and save your money.
Turn off the lights
When you leave a room or you don’t need it any more, turn off the light. Why pay to light an empty room? Another good idea is to choose energy saving bulbs for your lighting. Compact fluorescent globes use much less power.
Standby mode on TVs, DVD players, computers, stereos and game consoles still suck up the energy. Stop that by turning them off at the wall or unplugging them entirely.
Use nature instead of power
Why use the clothes dryer when you have a clothesline and sunshine? Why use a hair dryer when your hair will dry naturally? Why use your washing machine to wash just half a load? Distinguish between needing to use an appliance and wanting to.
Put an extra blanket on the bed
Electric blankets are convenient but we often turn them on even though we don’t really need them. Put an extra blanket on the bed in the cold weather and try using a hot water bottle if you need a little more warmth.
Shop around for the best deal
Depending on where you live, you can change your electricity provider if you’re not happy. Visit EnergyMadeEasy to compare the providers in your area. Compare the prices with what you’re paying now and make the switch if it will save you money.
Get the family involved
Turn it into a game or quest and see who does best at remembering to turn off lights or unplug their appliances when they’ve finished with them. At the end of each week, reward the winner and celebrate.
Saving money on electricity isn’t difficult if you’re prepared to make a few small changes. You won’t notice any inconvenience at all.