Let’s face it, we rely on electricity in one form or another to carry out pretty much every task. From heating and cooling to lighting and entertainment, we tend to take it for granted. In fact the only time we really talk about it is when we’ve received the dreaded utility bill. It’s only then that we realise that actually, it is an expensive commodity. That said, there are ways that you can actively keep your bills low and have more money in your pocket, without feeling that you’ve stepped back into the dark ages. Let’s take a closer look.
Wearing the right clothes
While we all like to dress to impress, we should really be dressing for temperature. In the winter time for example, you can probably turn down the heating a notch or two if you’re prepared to don an extra layer of clothing. Conversely wear light cotton in hot weather to cool you down and drop the A/C by a degree.
Use your doors and windows effectively
In the winter months shut doors and close curtains to retain heat and only heat the rooms you are using. Conversely during the hot summer months, open doors and windows to get a good circulation of air and a light breeze.
Utilise your HVAC properly
If you have a thermostat then it pays to use it. In the winter time for example set it to around 20 degrees. Did you know that every degree over this will add around 10% to your heating bill? Alternatively during the summer the same is said for every degree under 26°C
Turn coolers and heaters off when you don’t need them
Do you really need to be heating or cooling the room that you aren’t using? Instead if you have a ducted system it might be possible to switch off your HVAC to any rooms that aren’t in use. In addition, when you leave the house make sure it’s switched off.
Wash clothes in cold water
Nowadays washing detergents don’t need super hot water to remove dirt, grime, and stains. In fact most are just as capable in cold or cool water. With this in mind washing clothes in cold water can save you around $115 per year. In addition you might want to avoid using a full load cycle if you only have a half load.
Ensure efficient running of your fridge
Your fridge always has to be on and running to function properly, making it one of the most expensive electrical items you have. That said, it’s still cheaper than an inefficient running fridge, so ensure all door seals are intact; that there’s sufficient space so that air can flow around items inside; and that all vents are keep free from dust. An ideal fridge temperature is 4-5 degrees – anything lower than this and it could be eating up unnecessary electricity.
Don’t forget to lag it!
An insulated ceiling makes a huge difference to your energy bills. If it’s already in place check it has the right energy rating. In Victoria for example, an insulation rate of R3.5 or higher is good.
Switch it off!
More and more gadgets nowadays have standby power switches. Did you now that as much as 10% of your electricity bill is accounted for by items left on standby power. As a result look to switch off anything that doesn’t need to be on.
Save energy in the kitchen
Surprisingly little things can save you money on your utilities. Put lids on pans when boiling food to reduce cooking time. Use a slow cooker when you can. It burns far less electricity than a conventional oven. If you have a dishwasher rinse dishes first and use an economy cycle, but more importantly only switch it on when it’s full.
Use energy efficient lighting
Look to replace old incandescent and halogen bulbs with energy efficient varieties. They may be more expensive to buy but they last a lot longer and save you money at the same time.
So there you have it! 10 things you can do to lower your electricity bills and put money back into your pocket. If you need any further advice on energy saving tips or techniques, or would like to know just how energy efficient your house is, then give Static Electrics a call on 07 5445 8305 today. We’re the electrical company you can trust.