Ever shuddered before opening your power bill? Yep, you’re not alone — Aussies pay some of the highest energy prices in the entire world.. And yeah, this probably isn’t news to you — but did you know you could actually do something about your electricity bill?
We’re here to give you a couple of awesome tips for cutting down your electricity costs without much hassle!
Check your insulation
One of the biggest energy “spenders” in your home is definitely your heating and cooling system. It takes a lot of electricity to maintain a set temperature through heating and cooling — especially if you’ve got air leaks in your house. If the outside air is “seeping in” your home, your HVAC equipment will have to spend more energy to maintain the temperature.
That’s why insulation is crucial — a one-time investment in attic, basement, and wall insulation will net you sizable energy savings in the long run. Also, try to eliminate any momentary drafts as well when you’ve got your AC on — like open doors or windows.
Did you know how much energy your fridge consumes each day? You don’t need the actual numbers, but take our word for it — it’s a lot. The appliance cycles on and off throughout each day — but it still requires a lot of electricity. Luckily, there are a couple of ways to reduce the amount of energy it needs.
First of all, try to keep the fridge closed as much as possible — this will help it maintain the interior temperature without spending more energy. Also, make sure you clean the fridge seals regularly. And if you notice they’re not sealing adequately, replace them right away.
Of course, the fridge isn’t your only kitchen appliance — there’s also the dishwasher. When you use it, make sure it’s always full. And if it has an economy setting, we advise using it. Also, when you’re buying new kitchen appliances, we generally recommend opting for those that are more energy efficient. They may be a bit more expensive, but they save you a lot of money over the long term.
Manage your lighting
While lights aren’t something we frequently think about, lighting actually represents more than 5% of all household electricity costs — and that’s not a small number. You should do everything you can to reduce lighting-related costs.
Luckily, this is one of the easiest changes to make — for starters, you should switch out any old light bulbs in favour of LED bulbs. These aren’t just more energy efficient and give you more natural light, but they also last up to 10 times as long. Also, you can try to use more natural light during the day by opening up your blinds and curtains.
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