As a kid I remember my parents always complaining when we left the tv on in the room, or lights on when we walked out. Back then I shrugged it off not caring about why they even cared to save money on energy bills. Nowadays I know why, electricity is expensive! In this article we will provide you with 10 easy ways you can save money on energy bills.
1. Compare your provider
To begin with, you should make sure you are getting the best deal possible. Take the time to do a thorough comparison and review of your current deal using sites like Energy Made Easy. Energy Made Easy is an Australian Government energy price comparison service for households and small businesses.
2. Turn off and unplug when not in use
Did you know that appliances and chargers constantly plugged in still use power even when they aren’t turned on! Turn off and unplug items when they are not in use to stop them using stand by power.
3. Decrease Dryer Time
If the weather is nice outside, hang clothes to dry. Clothes dryers can be big consumers of electricity when used constantly. Decrease your need for it by hanging all the washing outside to dry. Saving the dryer for only when the weather does not allow you to hang.
4. Turn the lights off
If you’re not in the room, why does the light need to be on? Turn the lights off! Teach the kids to do this as well. As kids we were taught this from a very young age. Usually, people turn lights on purely out of habit, wasting electricity in the meantime. If it is daytime, open the curtains and let the sunlight light up your home!
5. Maintenance checks on your appliances
Clean the lint from your dryer. Clean the filters out on your air conditioner. Check the seals on your fridge and freezers, a cracked seal can cause air to leak out and cost more to run. Keep the coils clean behind the fridge clean. Well maintained appliances cost less to run.
When it comes time to replace appliances be sure to check for energy efficient options.
6. Use energy efficient options
As I just mentioned, use energy efficient options when it is time to replace things. Anything that runs on electricity nowadays has an energy efficient option available. From light bulbs to fridges.
7. Reduce your TV time
Ever just turn on the tv and sit there watching crap you don’t even follow? Yeah, that’s a waste of both your time and electricity. The Australian average for watching tv weekly is 15 hours. 15 hours a week you won’t get back. Reduce time in front of the tv by replacing it with something more productive. For example, read a book, go for a walk, meditate, I don’t know! Whatever gets you off the couch is a good thing! For you and to save money on energy bills.
8. Warm Up
Heating is another large consumer of electricity. Minimizing the amount of heating you use can save tonnes. If it is a bit chilly in your home, why not put another layer of clothing on instead of turning the heater on. Keep some throw blankets around the house.
To take the chill out of the air, once the house has warmed up switch the heater off.
9. Cool Down
There are a few alternatives you can try before reaching for the air conditioner remote. Open a window to let a breeze in. Fans are much cheaper to run than air conditioning. Have a cold shower.
When we were kids we didn’t have air conditioning in our home. So to cool down on hot summer nights we would wet a face cloth and sleep with it whilst the fan was on. Other than air con, I haven’t found a better way to battle an Australian summer night.
Save Money On Energy Bills
To save money on energy bills the key here is to be aware of everything in your home that uses electricity. Unplug, Turn off, Reduce Usage.
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