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6 Ways To Reduce Your Electricity Bill Today

6 Ways To Reduce Your Electricity Bill Today

Electricity bills can carve a large portion out of your household budget. 

We feel your pain, which is why we have figured out the best ways to cut the cost of your electricity consumption with these simple switches:

1. Swap Air Conditioning For Ceiling Fans

It’s no surprise that, in our warm Australian climate, air conditioning can account for a large portion of the average household’s energy consumption.

While it’s important to go for the most energy efficient model possible in order to cut down your bill, there are some other ways to ensure cooling your home in the warmer months isn’t burning through the budget. 

Ensure you clean the filters out regularly, keep windows, blinds and vents shut when air conditioning is running so you don’t lose any of that precious cool air. 

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One of the best ways to reduce energy use and save money is to use a ceiling fan instead of air conditioning. A ceiling fan uses approximately 10% of the energy of an air conditioner.

It is still very effective at reducing your body temperature using the wind chill effect rather than actually having to change the temperature in the room.

2. Time Your Heating

While the summer months can be warm, if you’re in Victoria you know the winter weather can be extremely cold. 

That paired with the fact that houses here are often not built to stay warm means that the heating system often gets a workout in the colder months. 

Program your heating to turn off when you’re asleep or are going to be out of the house. When it is very cold you can program the heating to turn on a little while before you come home or wake up so you are not compromising on comfort. 

The cost of heating and cooling your home or business can make up a significant part of your energy bills. On average, Victorian households can spend up to $800 a year, or a third of their energy bill, on heating. So using the above two tips will be some of the best ways you can cut down on your energy bill. 

3. Upgrade To LED Lighting

While the summer months can be warm, if you’re in Victoria you know the winter weather can be extremely cold. 

That paired with the fact that houses here are often not built to stay warm means that the heating system often gets a workout in the colder months. 

Program your heating to turn off when you’re asleep or are going to be out of the house. When it is very cold you can program the heating to turn on a little while before you come home or wake up so you are not compromising on comfort. 

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The cost of heating and cooling your home or business can make up a significant part of your energy bills. On average, Victorian households can spend up to $800 a year, or a third of their energy bill, on heating. So using the above two tips will be some of the best ways you can cut down on your energy bill. 

4. Get Dimmer Switches

Installing dimmer switches is a great way to cut down on your electricity bill. Most dimmer switches on the market today only send the energy necessary to power the light level you are after. This means, if the lights are turned down low using the dimmer switch, they will use far less energy than it would if the lights were turned on bright. 

Essentially, the lower the light, the less electricity is required so they can be a great way to reduce your energy consumption. It also helps you get the perfect aesthetic for every occasion – a win, win.

5. Turn Appliances Off At The Wall

Appliances that are not in use but are still plugged into a power point can cause ‘phantom loads’. What does this mean? 

Well unfortunately, if electrical appliances aren’t in use but are still plugged into an active powerpoint they will be using a small but consistent amount of electricity. This is often referred to as a ‘phantom load’. 

The best way to make sure you aren’t paying for this wasted electricity is to turn all appliances such as televisions, microwaves, toasters, phone chargers, etc. off at the wall when they are not in use. However, we understand that this may seem like a huge and unnecessary hassle. 

One way to make the job easier for yourself – invest in some good quality power boards that have an on/off switch. 

You can plug all your items into the board and then when you are done using them, simply flick the switch to turn them all off at once and ensure they aren’t burning through power all day when they’re not in use.

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6. Upgrade Old Appliances

Old appliances can consume more energy than is necessary. While some can be quite expensive to replace (ie. refrigerators, washing machines etc.) they are the ones that will see the biggest cut in your electricity bill so if it is time for an upgrade definitely do your research to find the most energy efficient model. 

Furthermore, there are other smaller appliances (sucha s kettles and toasters) that aren’t that expensive to replace and will definitely pay themselves off in the long run with the energy efficiency they provide. 

Employing all of these tactics won’t only work to cut down your bills but it will also help you to save the planet by reducing your overall energy usage. 

Who could knock that?

Contact us today on 0403 734 299 or click the button below to discuss the electrical upgrades that could cut your power bill!

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