Blog Post Tuesday 15 December 2020
We really like to see just how enthusiastic Australians are about saving energy as we are! As we head into summer months and looking for ways to reduce energy costs, we asked our customers what their one energy saving tip everyone should know. We’ve chosen our top 5 energy saving tips to share with you:
I leave the oven door open in winter after I use it to heat the house.
Leaving the oven door open after cooking will not only help your appliance cool down quicker, but you’ll also benefit from reusing that head to warm up the surrounding areas. This could help your winter energy saving strategy! The kitchen is the most energy-intensive room in the house, so unplugging unused appliances, boiling only as much water as needed, using a slow cooker and baking more cookies could save you money on your electricity bill.
Change all light bulbs to LED
Yes, this is something everyone should get around to. Whether it’s changing from regular incandescent or halogen bulbs, LEDs not only last 10 times longer but also only use 25% of the energy to generate the same level of lighting. Halogen and incandescent bulbs might seem easy enough to change to LED yourself, but be wary of the lights on dimmer switches - these normally need dimmable globes and may need LED-specific dimming switches. Here are more interesting facts about LEDs that everyone should know.
Turn all power points off even if you're not using them.
This was one of the more popular answers, and we were stoked at how diligent people are about switching the power off at the wall when they’re not in use. Electricity currents are continuously flowing through the cable even when your appliance is on standby, so it’s no surprise to see standby power show up on your electricity bill. Notable areas in the home like the garage, spare bedroom or bathroom are ideal areas where appliances and tools could stay unplugged until you actually need them.
Set your heating thermostat to between 18°c / 20°c. Every degree above 20°c can add 10% to your heating bill.
Heating and cooling temperatures can certainly be a hot topic among people in the home. What’s not warm enough for one person could be too warm for another. We urge you to not only find a common ground that’s comfortable for everyone, but also consider the efficiency of different types of heating, and finding that optimal temperature that won’t give you that seasonal bill shock.
Whether you’re investing in energy-efficient appliances, or practicing the great energy saving tips found in this article, it would pay to review your energy bill and get a quote to see if you could be on a better plan.