Top 10 Tips for Reducing Your Electricity Bill
For many Australians, electricity bills are one of the highest household expenses.
With Synergy doubling their daily supply charge and three major eastern states retailers applying energy price increases of up to 20% in 2017, it’s no wonder 9 in 10 Australians are concerned about rising energy prices.
As a solar provider and specialised electricity retailer, Infinite Energy works hard to help our clients reduce their electricity bills and become more environmentally sustainable.
To help Australians around the country reduce their electricity bill and take control of their energy consumption, we’ve compiled our top 10 tips to reduce your electricity bill.
1. Keep an Eye on Your Appliances
Look at buying energy efficient appliances. Appliances with a high energy Star Rating use between 10% and 50% less energy and water than their counterparts. They may cost more up front, but the additional costs will be made up through significant energy savings.
2. Lower Your Air Conditioner Usage
Set your air conditioner temperature as close to the outside temperature as possible. Each degree can make a huge difference to your power bills and usage, costing you around 10-15% more.
18°C in winter can still be comfortable when you’re rugged up, while 24°C in summer with a ceiling fan can cool down your house a considerable amount.
Remember to regularly clean both air conditioner filters and fans. Keeping these appliances dust free will allow your air conditioner to work more efficiently and thus use less energy. Plus, your lungs will thank you for the clean air.
3. Don’t Forget Your Windows
Double glazing can help to reduce conducted heat gains and losses through windows by 40-60%. This will keep your house warmer in winter and cooler in summer, helping you cut down on energy costs.
In winter, remember to open curtains and/or blinds in eastern and western rooms during the day to allow sunlight to naturally heat your home. Don’t forget to close them at night to reduce the chill you may feel from cold windows.
In summer, consider shade cloths or outdoor blinds on the outside of windows in eastern and western rooms to stop the sun coming.
4. Check Your Machines in the Laundry
Switch out your top loader for an energy efficient front loader. Front loading washing machines can use up to 50% less energy and 40% less water than top loaders of the same capacity.
If your old washing machine looks like it has seen better days, it’s best to replace it now. Whilst forking out the money for a new one may not be ideal, old washing machines tend to be less energy and water efficient than newer ones.
Avoid washing more loads than needed. Whether you’re washing a handful of clothes or a house-full, the washing machine will still use the same amount of energy.
Dryers are notoriously energy inefficient. Only run your dryer when you need to, and fill it with full loads. Hang your laundry outside as much as possible to dry. If it’s raining, consider an undercover line or indoor drying rack.
5. Let There Be Light
If you haven’t already, replace all your light bulbs with energy efficient lighting! Although the initial cost may be higher, replacing incandescent globes with compact fluorescent globes will give you substantial energy savings and approximately 75% longer life.
Or better yet, take advantage of natural light. If the weather’s not too hot, open up your blinds and curtains to let the sunlight in.
6. If You Have Gas, Use It
If you don’t have solar installed and have a gas outlet, use it!
Gas heaters are cheaper to run compared to electric heaters, and they tend to heat the area up better. Just ensure regular servicing to keep your home and family safe.
7. If it’s Not in Use, Switch it Off
Never leave an appliance on standby power – if it’s not in use, switch it off. Even if the appliance is not performing its primary function, having it on standby still consumes energy.
For example, your phone charger will still be using energy even if your phone isn’t plugged in. Up to 10% of electricity used throughout the home is on appliances and gadgets that are on standby power.
8. Keep Your Fridge Organised
If you have a bar fridge or more than one refrigerator, switch off the additional one when it’s not needed/in use. An old backyard bar fridge may seem convenient, but an inefficient fridge can use up to three times the amount of energy of a new one!
Keeping your refrigerator clean and well ventilated will help shed excess heat. Both your fridge and freezer needs to have space at the top, back and sides. Keep it free of dust and ensure the seals are in proper working order.
Plus, the way your freezer is packed can make a difference to how well it works. Don’t crowd food items as too many things will obstruct air circulation.
9. Monitor Your Usage
The best thing you can do to use your energy more efficiently is to monitor your own power usage by installing a monitoring device. If you don’t monitor your usage, it makes it very hard to manage.
10. Install a Solar PV System or Heat Pump
By generating your own electricity you will lower the amount of energy you’ll need to buy from the grid, greatly reducing your bills and carbon footprint.
When your solar PV system has been sized correctly, investing in solar can reduce your bills by up to 90%. In some cases you may end up with a credit on your bill.
Solar hot water systems use free sunlight to heat your water. This can lead to up to an 80% reduction in your water heating bills, reduced carbon emissions, and an increase in the value of your home.
Heat pumps displace a large amount of the electricity or gas you’d have to buy to heat your water, and instead absorb the heat from the outside air and ground. This results in massive savings.
With over 10,000 installations under our belt, Infinite Energy are one of Australia’s largest and most experienced solar providers. To find out how solar could help your family save on electricity costs, contact us for a no obligation quote today.