Whether you’re hoping to cut back your expenses or make a positive change for the environment, there are lots of things households can do to reduce their electricity consumption.
The first step to saving money on your power bill is to look at your consumption habits. It’s possible some lifestyle habits are affecting your electricity bills. Go through the different areas of your home and consider what changes you can make. Not all the changes need to be complicated or expensive. Start by taking small, actionable steps.
Here are our top tips on how to save money on your power bill.
Leaving appliances running or lights switched on when you’re not using them will only chew through electricity. It’s a waste problem that’s easily solved. Get in the habit of turning off lights and appliances when you’ve finished using them. Put sticky notes up to remind you while you’re trying to get in the habit.
A great principle for less electricity waste is to make every use of your appliances count. For example, only put your washing machine on when you have a full load of dirty clothes and only turn your dishwasher on when it’s full. Doing this makes your electricity usage more efficient.
If it’s time to upgrade any of your appliances, make sure you choose a more energy-efficient option. The more stars the appliance has, the less energy it will consume. Energy-efficient appliances tend to be more expensive to buy, but in the long run, they’re worth it.
Timers and sensors are a great way to reduce excess electricity usage while taking the pressure off yourself. Use sensors to light your outdoor areas and set your air conditioner to switch off after an hour when you go to bed. You can even use a timer to help you take shorter showers.
There are many occasions in which nature can help us out, whether it’s a cooling breeze or a warm, drying sun. Make the most of a sunny day to dry your laundry instead of using the dryer. When a refreshing breeze is blowing, open a window instead of turning on the air conditioner. In winter, when the sun is shining, open up the curtains and let it warm up the house.
Heating and cooling are two of the biggest electricity consumers for Australian households. If you use an air conditioner, make sure you’re using it in the most energy-efficient way. Set the thermostat to 24 degrees or higher and shut doors and windows so that you’re just cooling the room you are using.
For more aircon tips, read our article on how to efficiently run air conditioning.
If you find that you’re always reaching for the air conditioner in summer or your house is unbearably cold in winter, you might benefit from installing or upgrading your home’s insulation. Insulation reduces the transfer of heat, helping your home feel cooler in summer and warmer in winter. It also helps make your heating and cooling more energy efficient.
If you’re wondering how to save money on power bills, installing a solar panel system is one of the most effective things you can do, especially for a sunny location like Perth. Solar power is free, clean energy from the sun, a renewable resource that will never run out.
It may not be as simple and cheap as the points above, but choosing to go solar can make a dramatic difference to the amount you pay for your electricity. Some households are able to supply all of their energy from their solar panels. Others rely mostly on solar and supplement with power from the grid.
Residential solar power systems typically have a payback period of 3 to 5 years. After that, every saving you make on your power bill is money that stays in your pocket. With electricity prices rising across Australia, solar is a great way to avoid those costs.
Currently, people who purchase solar panels in Mandurah are eligible for a Government rebate which reduces the upfront cost. The amount you can save depends on what size system you install. The bigger the system, the more STCs (Small-scale Technology Certificates) you are eligible for, and the more you will save on upfront costs.
The move to solar will definitely help that power bill come down in the long run, so it's worth the investment.
If you need more information about solar panel installation in Mandurah and surrounds, get in touch with our team at iBreeze. We’d love to help.
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