It doesn’t require a lot of energy to significantly reduce your power bills. Here are six easy ways to save energy and money while keeping you and your family connected, comfortable and entertained.
1. Compare: Go to the State Government website www.compare.energy.vic.gov.au to compare your energy bills quickly and easily. If you haven’t switched your plan for a while, you could end up saving quite a bit.
2. Draughts: Keep heat from escaping your home by draught-proofing gaps around external doors and windows with adhesive tapes or seals. Furnish windows with heavy curtains and pelmets, window films or bubble wrap.
3. Cooling: Many households find heating and cooling is their biggest energy expense. Cut those costs while keeping cool during the summer by using fans instead of airconditioning where possible; turning up your airconditioner thermostat to about 25C; and shading your windows. During hot summer days this will help to keep the heat out.
4. Hot water: Reduce your hot water use by taking showers instead of baths; limit your showers to three to four minutes by using a timer; and wash your laundry in cold water.
5. Electronics and appliances: Use a laptop instead of a desktop computer; switch TVs and computers to an energy-saving setting; turn off appliances – except your fridge – and electronics at the power point when not using them; set your refrigerator to 3C to 4C and your freezer to minus 15C to minus 18C; and check your fridge or freezer door seals are intact, replacing them if required.
6. Harness the sun: Now is the perfect time to investigate your options for solar and battery storage. Going solar will lower your energy bills permanently and has a short payback period of three to seven years with multiple financing options.