Energy Saving Tips To Save Money On Your Power Bill
No doubt you’ve already been preached to about cutting your energy output. With a myriad of climate change initiatives sweeping the world, and a global interest in pursuing more sustainable energy forms, it’s hard not to hear about the small and simple ways you can contribute to this cause.
But it’s not all about being greener. There are actually very few easier ways to save money without much personal cost to you or your family.
Using just a couple of our top tips on saving energy this week, you can find yourself shaving dollars right off your monthly power bill, and instead spend the money treating yourself (or the kids) to something even more special.
This one is fairly easy. Household lighting is one of the main factors that pump up our electricity bills each quarter, but one of the easiest to fix.
Start with the simple stuff; change the old bulbs for new, environmentally friendly ones, make a habit of switching off the lights every time you leave a room, try not to use your ceiling light and a desk lamp at the same time.
But for the eager-beavers keen on slicing their energy output even further, maybe consider putting in some windows to let in more natural light during the daytime. Or installing smaller task-lights such as desk lamps and hobby lights to cut down on the usage of larger, more energy-sucking ceiling lights. Of course, if you are a tenant in a renter property, these bigger changes will require approval from your landlord, so make sure to keep that in mind when brainstorming your own power-saving methods.
Water is the next logical place to start. Again, depending on your living situation, and whether you are a tenant or homeowner, your options will differ slightly.
Again, start simple; turn off the tap while shaving or brushing your teeth, take shorter showers, and fix that leaky tap.
These small measures alone have been estimated to save your household approximately $80 annually.
Or you can go one step further, by installing water-saving showerheads in your bathrooms, adjusting the heated water temperature to a slightly lower figure, or investing in a rainwater tank, depending on your circumstances.
Quick question; how many appliances do you have plugged in at home? Sure, you may have turned them ‘off’, but did you know that many appliances continue to use power even when switched off. Go home and unplug the microwave, toaster, kettle, sandwich press, and whatever else is secretly sucking from the socket, then watch your bill lose a few digits.
However, if you’re looking to replace your old junk, consider doing a spot of research to come home with an environmentally-friendly option instead of the same high-energy version.
Fridges, washing machines and radiators are examples of appliances that can’t really be unplugged to save power, so it might be a good idea to start there. Try looking here for a quick guide to buying greener appliances.
Oh, and forget about the dryer. Australia has, on average, 235 sunny days in a year. By all means, keep your dryer around for emergencies, but try to make a habit of always hanging the washing out to dry instead of stuffing it in that clunky, power-guzzling machine.
So you’ve turned off your lights, halved your shower time and unplugged unused appliances. You’re doing well, but there’s always something more you can consider, depending on your priorities.
If being environmentally friendly and green is the goal, you could invest in solar panels, for example. As mentioned above, we get over 200 sunny days every year – why not take advantage of our great weather? Or redesign your home to be more carbon-neutral.
There are loads of ideas and options out there. If you’re not in a position for a revamp (say, if you’re a renter or lodger), it might be worth doing a little research on greener energy companies or buying into a carbon-offset program.
On the other hand, if saving money on your electricity bill is the top priority, the above options still apply. After the initial costs of installation, using predominately solar energy will slash your power costs. However, the best option here is probably to shop around a bit when searching for an electricity provider.
Some companies provide discounts for loyal customers, first-time homeowners and seniors. By bartering a little when you first sign up, you might be able to score a cheaper plan. Or ask your friends which provider they use, and ask if you’re eligible for special rates if someone recommends you.
Finally, an obvious tip that nobody seems to remember; the best way to save electricity is by not using it.
So get out of the house and away from all your energy-reliant devices! Swap video games and movie-watching for a day at the park or a bike ride around town.
Unglue yourself from your computer or television screen and turn everything off – go catch up with friends, engage in local community events and soak up whatever nature your town, city or neighbourhood has to offer.
It’s a fantastic world out there, and no one likes watching their hard-earned cash being sucked through a socket. Hopefully we’ve been helpful this week, and if you’ve got a great energy-saving tip or idea that you think we’ve missed, we’d love to hear it. Until then – happy savings!