In these very strange and uncertain time as the COVID-19 pandemic continues we are all being a lot more financially conscious and looking for ways we can reduce our outgoings.
Unlike many of the bills we have, our energy bills are something we do have some control off and by making some simple changes we can reduce these bills.
Over the last few years more and more West Aussies have been making the most of the Perth sunshine and have made the move to solar power. With the price of solar panels becoming more affordable than ever before this can be a quick solution to significantly reducing energy bills.
However if now isn’t the right time for you to be investing in a solar system, then don’t worry there are still some simple things you can do around the home to help reduce your energy bills.
If you already have a solar system in place then these small hacks will help you make the most of your solar panels and you can also check out our blog ‘How to make the most of your solar system’ for some further hints and tips!
1) Heating and Cooling
Heating and cooling systems are one of the larger consumers of energy in the home.
When using heating and cooling appliances every extra degree can increase your heating and cooling energy by 5-10%. Therefore it is recommend that you use the below temperature ranges to help you save on your power bills:
• For summer 25 to 27°C
• For Winter: 18 to 20°C
You can also save on heating and cooling power by carrying out the following:
• Closing internal doors
• Only heating / cooling rooms you are using
• Opening curtains and blinds to let the sun in to heat rooms, or closing them to keep rooms cool
• Adding or removing layers of clothing
2) Hot Water
Hot water is potentially one of the biggest sources of energy use in the home. Therefore carrying out the below will not only help you save on power but also your water bill.
• Fit a low –flow showerhead and take shorter showers
• Wash clothes in cold water and make sure the load is full before putting the machine on
• Rinse plates before putting them in the dishwasher and make sure it’s full before switching it on
3) Switch off appliances at the wall
Any items with have a light on or clocks are using power, such as your TV, phone charger, game consoles etc. Standby power can account for more than 10% of your household electricity use.
An easy way to save this energy is to simply make sure these appliances are turned off at the wall when you’re not using them.
4) Use appliances wisely
Appliances could be responsible for as much as 30% of your energy bill. Here are a few things you can consider to help reduce the use of appliances around the home.
• Turning off appliances when not in use or getting rid of appliances you no longer use that remain plugged in around the home
• Reduce your pool filter run times where possible ( if you have solar make sure your filter only runs while the suns up)
• When filling kettles and pots for cooking only use as much water as you need
• Use lids on pots while cooking
• Dry clothes on the line rather than in the dryer
If you have any top energy saving ideas then please feel free to share these with us through our contact us form.
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