No matter where you live or your budget, saving on your energy bill is a must for every Australian. Energy savings means utilising less energy around the home, reducing the impact on the environment and most importantly saving money on your energy bill. Whether this be through energy efficient appliances and products and/or cutting back usage.
When it comes to reducing your energy bill, there is one factor you can solely effect and that is the variable charges. These charges are related to your usage, compared to the fixed charges which are daily fees your electricity provider charges for your connection, maintenance, etc. The variable charges that make up most of your energy bill are through heating and cooling appliances, heating water and general electrical appliances most of us have around our homes such as the fridge, washing machine, dishwasher, dryer, etc.
When it comes to reducing your power bill and making energy savings at your house, follow these few simple tips.
Energy Efficient Appliances and Products
It’s always a good idea when purchasing new appliances to consider the energy rating. This will give you an indication of how much energy the product will consume and cost to run after you purchase. Before you buy you can check and compare the energy rating of the appliance you are looking to purchase at Save Money, Save Energy. Buying the more expensive appliance doesn’t always mean you’ll get a better energy rating. It’s best to purchase the best energy rated product you can afford, as this will help you in the future when it comes to running costs also known as the “second price tag”.
Appliances such as televisions, fridges, freezers, washing machines, computers, gaming consoles, etc. can make up about a third of our energy bills. So, if you are upgrading your old appliances, it pays to do some research and find the right appliance for your household.
Heating and Cooling
Our heating and cooling appliances contribute to about 40% of our household energy bills in Australia. With this is mind, it’s important to find other ways to improve the heating or cooling of a room without relying so heavily on appliances that contribute to almost half of our energy bills.
With a significant amount of the homes heating and cooling lost through glass windows and doors, it’s important to utilise window coverings to help regulate and control temperature. When it comes to window coverings, not all types of blinds and curtains offer energy efficient properties. Honeycomb Blinds offer superior energy efficiency with their unique design. The Honeycomb Blind cellular structure creates air pockets, preventing the warmth from leaving the room in winter and stopping unwanted heat from entering the home in summer. Adding window coverings such as Honeycomb Blinds to your windows will prevent up to 87% of the summer heat from entering your home and up to 40% of warmth leaking from your home in winter.
By insulating your windows and glass doors with Honeycomb Blinds, you will be able to cut down the reliance on heating and cooling appliance which will help to cut down energy bills by up to 34%.
Your Energy Provider
Finding the right energy provider for your household can be stressful. There is a lot of information and each energy provider offering different discounts and rates. Whether you are looking to sign up for the first time or wanting to switch energy providers, it pays to shop around. Before you shop around for the best deal, it’s best to truly understand your family’s needs and lifestyle. Take a look at your old bills and how you use your energy to ensure your new energy contract suits your usage. You can compare different energy offers here and find an option that will work best for you. Remember, that switching providers and finding a better deal will help to decrease your rate but not your household energy usage.
Whilst not all of us around Australia have the choice of who our energy provider is, it is worth asking about the different plan options your provider has available and weigh up which option is best suited to your family and lifestyle.
Change the way you use energy
The best way for you and your household to manage your energy usage, is to start monitoring it. Take a look at your old bills and make some comparisons. If you find that your energy usage has increased over time, examine where this change has occurred. Check out these simple tips below to help change the way your use your energy and make some savings on your next bill.
Dry your clothes on the washing line outside – it’s free.
Turn your appliances off at the wall when not in use. Some appliances draw energy even when not in direct use such as your phone charger.
If you are the last person to leave the room, switch off the light.
To prevent wasting hot water, leave taps in the cold position.
In winter, try warmer bedding to minimise or eliminate the use of heating.
Use cold water for washing your clothes and use the washing machine during off-peak times.
Only cool or heat the room you are occupying to maximise the use of the appliance.
With energy prices on the rise around Australia, it’s important to be proactive in making smart choices toward energy savings. By opting for energy efficient appliances with the best possible energy rating you can afford and using window coverings to reduce the reliance on heating and cooling appliances, you will be able to make significant savings on your next energy bill. Consider the way you and your family use energy in your household and shop around to make comparisons between providers to find a solution to suit your needs.