The simple fact is that electricity is expensive. The average Australian household pays $1,500 per year on electricity use. Cutting this by just 10% can save you $150!
Naturally, the best way to save money on your electricity is to invest in solar panels and use a reputable firm specializing in solar panel repairs. The cost of the panels and any repairs can be offset against the electricity saving. It can take 5-10 years before the electrical install is paid for. But, after that, all your electricity is effectively free.
While you are waiting there are a number of things you can do to reduce your electrical consumption:
Turn Lights Off
The first step is simple. If there is no one in the room or it isn’t dark enough to have the light on, then leave it off. You may be surprised at how much this can save over the year.
Reduce Your Thermostat
Turning your thermostat down one degree in the winter and up one in the summer reduces the amount of heat or cooling that your home needs, saving you a significant amount of money.
Shorten Your Shower
Hot water is surprisingly expensive, especially when you consider you heat it and keep it warm in a tank. Knocking a minute or two off your shower will save you money on your electricity and water bills.
Once a device has charged you need to unplug it and the charger. Even though it is no longer charging, the charger is still pulling electricity from your supply. The same is true of all appliances, unplug them if you are not using them.
Turn Off Heat/Air Conditioner
If you are out during the day, at work, or elsewhere, make sure your heating or air conditioning is turned off. It is cheaper to turn it on and heat your house when you get home than it is to leave it on all day.
Okay, no one wants to stop cooking completely. However, in the summer months, you can turn the oven off and create cold dishes, such as salads and couscous. You will enjoy the change and save money in the process.
If you need to cook try using the microwave instead of the oven. It s faster and uses much less power.
Wash Clothes Less Often
Your washing machine may have a half load setting but it is still cheaper to run full loads. Wherever possible leave your washing until you have a full load and save yourself some money on the wash.
Equally, when you have washed the items let them air dry instead of using a dryer.
The key to saving on your electricity bill is to remember that all the small savings add up. Each of the savings above may only save $15. But, add them together and that is over $100 of savings for virtually no effort. With a little thought, you can double this figure!