If you shudder at the thought of high energy bills, you may be happy to know that it is actually very easy to reduce them. There are many benefits to cutting back on your power usage at home, not only when it comes time to pay the bill, but also for the environment as well!
With a few small changes to your behaviour, you can immediately save energy. Read on for some tips to save energy from Kenner Electrics, the experienced and local electrician Melbourne's eastern suburbs turns to for friendly service.
Tip 1: Always switch off or unplug appliances when they are not being used
It may come as a surprise, but a significant amount of electricity is used when electronic appliances are in standby mode. Known as “phantom loads,” the easiest way to avoid this is by switching off appliances at the power outlet, or unplugging things that are not in use.
Now we know this sounds a little annoying to do, but this first, simple action alone can save a whopping 5-10% of your total energy usage!
Tip 2: Install LED lights
At this point, you have probably heard a little bit about LED lights. They are growing in popularity because they are very energy-efficient. Along with this, they also provide long-lasting light, roughly 100 times longer than a standard incandescent light bulb.
Switching to this kind of light in your home will use much less power. A simple change that saves you money off your utility bill, as well as lower lighting replacement costs in the long run.
Tip 3: Opt for energy-efficient appliances
While we are not suggesting that you get rid of your appliances if they are in good working order, the next time you need a replacement or upgrade, choose appliances with a high energy star rating.
These options will likely cost a little more upfront, but in the long term, they can use between 20-50% less energy when compared with conventional models. These savings will cover the initial outlay in no time at all.
Tip 4: Seal up the gaps
If you have some small gaps or cracks around the house, this can result in unwanted airflow through your home. This is particularly important in winter when you are spending money to heat your house, only to have cold air creeping in.
Check for gaps in the windows and doors and seal if necessary. Closing curtains can also help to keep out the sun in summer and reduce drafts in winter.
Tip 5: Don't overwork the thermostat
We have a habit of pushing things to the maximum when we are hot or cold. Instead, aim to have the room temperature at 19 degrees all the time and put on an extra layer, as opposed to cranking it up to 25 just because it’s cold outside.
Did you know that by turning down the thermostat by even just one degree, you can use 5% less energy?
Tip 6: Insulate better
Heating and cooling is always a significant chunk of your household’s energy bills. Improving your home’s insulation in floors, ceilings, walls, and roofing makes it easier to control and maintain your home’s temperature. This can save a significant amount of money on the next energy bill.
Tip 7: Lower your water consumption
Why are we talking about water when trying to save money on the energy bill? Well, by consuming less hot water, you will also reduce your gas or electricity bill, along with a lower water bill!
Take shorter showers, only run the washing machine or dishwasher when you have a full load and be more conscious of your usage in general.
Tip 8: Go Solar
If possible, changing to solar energy wherever you can will significantly decrease your energy bills. Run your appliances during the day when the sun is out, and set timers for things like pool pumps to get the maximum benefit. Once again, the cost of setup is high, but it won't take long to make that back once you are up and running.
Speak to the electrician Melbourne'S East trusts for some more tips
Our team has a wealth of knowledge in both residential and commercial electrical environments and are always happy to help you with improvements. We continuously aim to provide the best service possible across a range of electrical needs to both homes and businesses in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne.
We specialise in electrical, data and security solutions for homes and business and are happy to work through any electrical issues you may have to find the right solution for your needs and budget. Chat with one of our friendly team members about your electrical needs today!