Electricity forms an integral part in our daily lives. This great invention helps us do our day-to-day activities in many ways. In this day and age, it seems impossible to live comfortably without electricity.
If you use incandescent lighting, replace them with energy-efficient light bulbs which usually use less power and are longer-lasting.
This convenience obviously comes with a price, and many Australian households pay a lot every month for utilities. The good thing is, there are many ways to reduce your electricity bills and even water bills. One of these is to utilise solar power. It can significantly cut costs on electricity, depending your average energy consumption, usage patterns, tariff rate, your location, and the type of solar power system that you have.
So how can you get the most out of your solar power to slash your bills on water and electricity? Here are some simple tips to consider:
Turn off your heater at night
Everyone wants to have a good night sleep, but you don’t really need to turn the heater on to keep you warm. You can turn it off while you sleep. Use more blankets instead so you can sleep comfortably.
Unplug all appliances and gadgets when not in use
Standby power gets generated by appliances that are kept plugged in even when not in use. These costs can add up and you’ll end up paying a big electricity bill. Develop the habit of switching appliances off the wall to avoid paying for standby power.
Change your usage patterns
You can save money on your electricity bills just by shifting your usage patterns. It is better to consume more energy during sunny days if your solar feed in tariff is dramatically lower than the electricity market rate.
Use cold water when washing clothes
Save energy and money by washing clothes in cold water instead of hot water that requires power to heat it. A cold water wash is usually more beneficial for your clothes as it helps maintain colours and prevent shrinkage of certain types of clothing.
Switch to energy-efficient light bulbs
This is one of the simplest ways to reduce your electricity bills. If you use incandescent lighting, replace them with energy-efficient light bulbs which usually use less power and are longer-lasting.
These are just some of the many ways on how to get the most out of your solar power to cut costs on water and electricity. Even small changes to your home can make a big difference. Once you’ve implemented these, you will eventually see the reduction on your water and electricity bills.
Do you have other tips on how to further slash your water and electricity bills in Australia? Share your ideas in the comment section.