Electricity and gas can be pretty high bills at times. There are many things you can do to reduce your bills. I listed 13 ways to reduce your electricity bill here. They are the tips I use which make the difference between a $900 bill and a $200 bill for me.
When choosing your suppliers, compare their connection fees, supply and usage charges. Even if one is offering a discount, if their supply charges are higher they can end up being more expensive. It does take a little time to compare properly but it can save you hundreds of dollars over the year.
Some suppliers offer a discount if you connect both gas and electricity with them. As I said though, ensure you compare prices properly because loyalty discounts are not always the best way to go. If you are on a low income or getting help from Centrelink you may be eligible for a further discount, you just need to enquire about it.
Alternatively you can use an Energy Comparison tool, just put in your postcode and find the best deal for you.
Now you know who you are going to get your electricity/gas through you can look at how to reduce your usage.
1.) Use off peak – check with your provider what the off peak times are and if possible do as much as you can in that time instead of peak times for electricity. For example washing your clothes, bulk cooking, ironing anything that you can choose what time to do it, choose off peak times.
2.) Switch everything off when not in use – This alone can make a huge difference to your bills. Appliances which are on stand by mode are using electricity. By switching everything off at the wall you can save 15 – 30% of your bill.
3.) Reduce the temperature of hot water – By reducing the temperature you are using less power to heat the water which reduces your power bill. Do not reduce it by too much or you create an environment which is great for various forms of bacteria and can actually make you sick. The recommended temperature is 60°C, below that is perfect breeding conditions for Legionella bacteria.
4.) Rug up instead of turning on heaters – This is really simple and quite basic. Rug up to keep warm. Use jackets, socks, blankets etc to keep warm instead of using heaters.
5.) Find ways to cool down – I wrote this post which gives 10 free and cheap ways to cool down. We no longer have air conditioning and despite living in a rather warm, humid climate in summer, it has not been unbearable.
6.) Insulation – If you can afford it and do not have it look into getting insulation.
7.) Block out curtains – Much of the heat is lost through windows. Using block out curtains reduces this loss significantly.
8.) Cook things together – If you oven is on try and use all the racks. For example if you are cooking a roast, why not do lasagna at the same time. Lasagne freezes well and it will mean you have a meal on stand by for a night you don’t feel like cooking.
9.) Go outside – Instead of spending all your time inside watching TV or playing on the computer, go outside. Go for a walk, go to the beach, play at the park, play sports. Whatever it is, you won’t be using electricity from home to do it.
10.) Switch to energy saving devices – use energy saving light globes, rechargeable batteries and when you need to replace an appliance look for the most energy efficient model (within reason). Check out things like solar powered battery chargers, torches and lights. There are many gadgets you can buy now which are solar powered and reduce electricity usage.
There are so many ways to reduce your consumption of electricity. Another option I am looking into is producing my own electricity. There are various methods you can try for minimal cost.
Another option is solar power. In some areas you can actually get a rebate or payment if you use less electricity than your panels generate.
What are your tips?
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