With more Australians around the home now, chances are your household is using far more electricity during the day than it normally would. This will result in some higher than average electricity bills for most households. We are sure you would like as much money in your back pocket as possible. There are plenty of things you can do to help keep your energy bills down, so here are a few simple tips to help you save money on electricity.
Reduce energy used in the kitchen
A household’s fridge runs 24 hours a day and is one of the most expensive appliances to run. You should ensure that your fridge is sealed properly so that no cool air is escaping and causing it to use more electricity to keep it cool. Optimum temperatures for your fridge are 4 or 5 degrees and minus 15 to minus 18 for the freezer.
The dishwasher also uses a large amount of electricity to run each cycle. You should try to ensure you use the economy cycle and only run it when it is full.
Heating can account for over 30% of your bill and every degree above 20 degrees celsius can add 10% to your heating bill.
Managing your heating and cooling
When using your air conditioner this summer, only cool the rooms that you need and close doors and curtains to keep the cool air in. By setting your air conditioner between 23 to 26 degrees you can keep your home cool and costs down. Some ducted cooling systems allow you to turn off the air conditioner in the rooms you are not using. Remember to turn off your air conditioner when you leave home, too.
Throughout winter, heating can account for over 30% of your bill and every degree above 20 degrees celsius can add 10% to your heating bill. Set your heating between 18 and 20 degrees to reduce your energy usage. Some systems also allow you to turn off the heating in rooms that are unoccupied to make their use more efficient. Also, try to keep curtains and blinds closed to retain heat more effectively and block drafts.
Use energy-saving globes
By using energy saving LED globes around the home, you could save up to 80% off your lighting costs. Not only do they use less power than traditional light globes, they will also last longer meaning you will spend less money and less time replacing them.
You can use your own generated electricity day and night.
Produce your own free electricity with solar
By installing solar, your household can become more energy independent and produce its own electricity during the day to minimise electricity drawn from the grid and receive a payment for excess produced, resulting in a lower bill. To get even more out of their solar, households can add solar batteries to store excess electricity, this can be used at night meaning you can use your own generated electricity day and night.
To learn more about a solar solution to help you become more energy independent call Solar Battery Group on 1300 223 224.