Energy prices are one of the most talk-about topics in the news these days. With the ever soaring energy bills, many Australians are trying to come up with different ways to save money on their utility bills. There are many products nowadays that are designed with the focus of energy efficiency, and these products are actually quite effective in lowering the overall energy consumption in the households. The good news is that lowering consumption of water and electricity are not as difficult as it seems. In this article, let’s take a look at these six ideas for an energy-efficient home:
To determine if an appliance is designed for energy efficiency, check if it has an Energy Rating Label.
Replace appliances with energy-efficient ones
Appliances at home obviously get a fair share in your electricity bill. But if you purchase energy-efficient appliances, it can help lower the overall energy consumption. To determine if an appliance is designed for energy efficiency, check if it has an Energy Rating Label. It is a good idea to choose the one that has more stars, as it uses less energy than those with fewer stars.
Unplug appliances when not in use
It’s just not enough that you turn off appliances after using them. When you keep them plugged, there’s a standby power that accounts for about 10 percent of your electricity bill. Microwave ovens, TV, as well as gaming consoles usually use standby power. So make sure to unplug appliances after using them.
Reduce the use of hot water
Did you know that about 25 percent of a typical electricity bill can be attributed to hot water consumption? Make a conscious effort to minimise the use of hot water. How? Run the dishwasher only when it’s full. Use the washing machine only when it has a full load, and use cold water when washing clothes. Take shorter showers, and opt for a low-flow showerhead.
Keep your home draught-proof
Reduce heating and cooling costs by making sure that your home is draught-proof. This will also make you more cosy when staying at home. Look for a sand-filled or fabric draught stopper. You can also make your own. Also, make sure to check if there are gaps on the floors, in the windows, and around the doors. Seal the gaps, if there are any.
Use the heating and cooling system more efficiently
It’s easy for us to keep the thermostat running even in rooms where no one’s around. Make sure to warm up or cool down only the rooms that you’re using.
Review the contract with your service provider
There are several energy providers in Australia, and it’s important that you’re getting the best deal out of your current one. Otherwise, it may be time to re-assess and see if you will save more money with a new energy provider.
Do you have other ideas on how to reduce water and electricity bills? Share your tips in the comments section.