The Price of Power – 7 Tips For Lowering Your Energy Bills
Do you feel that every payday most of your money goes toward bills?
What we are talking about here is disposable income. It allow the goods, services and experiences that make life that little bit easier and enjoyable. The last thing you want is to do is to reduce that figure significantly by spending too much on the utility bill. There are very real costs associated with power usage and they relate to both to your hip pocket and to the environment.
Here are 7 tips for lowering your energy bills:
- Switch to solar power
Solar energy means harnessing the power of the sun. Switching to solar panels equals less costly and more ecologically sustainable solutions, whatever your individual needs. Solar energy providers, such as AGL, offer tailored design solutions and variable solar installation costs.
There are also interest free finance options and plans as well as solar monitoring tools – so, you can see how your system is tracking and how much you are saving by switching to solar.
- Get an energy audit
Spending less on energy is about keeping an eye on your usage. This is so that you can understand where you might be able to make changes in order to be more efficient. Most energy providers will allow you to access an informative breakdown of the power usage in your home, to form an energy audit that can save you a whole lot of money – and, significantly lessen the toll of resource wastage on the environment at the same time.
- Turn off residual power
Switch off and unplug appliances at the powerpoint when you are not using them. This will lessen the toll of residual power. When electrical and other powered devices are left in standby mode (for example your computer) this still uses up electricity.
This adds up considerably over the long run, both in dollar value and in terms of wastage. You can cut a considerable portion from your electricity bill by taking that little extra time to turn off anything plugged into the wall when you have finished using it.
- Don’t use the dryer and aircon unless you have to
Electrical heating and cooling appliances are well-known to sap a high amount of energy required for their operation. As such, they should be reserved for use only when absolutely necessary.
If the weather is fine, make use of a clothesline to hang washing rather than resorting to the dryer. Sure, the dryer may be quicker – but, the sun and the breeze are completely free! Use fans when it gets a little warmer, and save the aircon for those blisteringly hot days. This will save you a sizeable amount on your electricity bill.
- Work outside peak periods
If it’s possible, do your washing, take your showers and do other energy consuming tasks during off-peak power usage periods. A general rule of thumb is that off-peak hours are at night (usually after 8PM), but check out individual tariffs to work out the optimum times for using power. Also, make use of eco-modes on appliances to lessen the power output and eliminate wastage.
- Install dimmer switches
A handy tip to save on the power that is used to fuel the light sources in your home is to install dimmer switches. This not only allows for a softer ambient glow which can be particularly pleasant when it’s time to retire, but dimmer switches also allow you to control the amount of light (and subsequent energy expenditure) that you require on a fully customisable basis. This means you save money in the process.
- 7. Keep an eye on the finer details
You’ll want to get that dripping tap attended to – a hot water tap dripping at the rate of 1 drip per second could waste up to $25 in a year! Given that, you might want to think about installing a more efficient shower head. Don’t spend too much time taking hot showers, and especially hot baths.
Make sure you close vents and ducts securely when you use heating or cooling methods to ensure maximum efficiency. Use a cooler setting on your hairdryer. These may all seem like minute measures, but they do add up over time.
The price of power
Are you dreading receiving your next power bill? The good news is there are a few things that we can do on an individual basis to lower our energy usage come every payment cycle, leaving more money left over to put toward the better things in life – and, leaving less of an ecological footprint into the bargain.