We’re doing all we can to keep supply charges low, but there are also things you can do to manage both how much you pay and how much electricity you use. Here are some simple steps to help you control your energy bills.
We’ve pulled together helpful information and tips so that you can save time and money by finding everything that you need to know in one place. Let’s get started.
There are some simple actions you can take in your home to make sure you aren’t consuming more power than necessary.
- Turn off appliances at the plug when not using them, especially entertainment systems. Standby power can account for more than 3% of your energy bill.
- Turn lights off when you leave a room. It is more efficient to turn lights off when not in use.
- Take shorter showers, ideally 4 minutes or less. Use a shower timer as a reminder
- Use cold water when washing your hands or cleaning your teeth
- Wash your laundry in cold water
- Keep a blanket nearby in winter to provide extra warmth on colder evenings.
- Dress for the weather – before turning on the heating or cooling adjust your clothing to suit the temperature.
- Whenever possible, air dry your clothes, instead of using a clothes-dryer
- Set the thermostat of your fridge to the most efficient setting; your fridge should be set at 3° to 5° and your freezer at -15° to -18°.
- Use fans to keep yourself cooler in hot weather. Fans use less power of an air conditioner. They work even better if you spritz your skin with water!
- If you use a reverse-cycle air conditioner, then during cooler weather – set your air conditioner to “heating” mode between 18 – 21 oC. During warmer weather, set your air conditioner to “cooling” mode between 24 – 26 oC.
- Prevent heat loss by shutting windows and doors and closing curtains at night, and opening during the day to let the sun in.
- Keep rooms shaded from the sun with curtain or blinds in the summer. Open windows in the evening, when the outside air temperature drops.
- Keep the oven door closed while cooking – every time you open the door the temperature in the oven drops by around 5 – 15 degrees.
- Shop around for a better deal on your electricity. Most households can save hundreds of dollars a year, simply by switching retailer or getting a better deal from their retailer. Visit Victorian Energy Compare to make sure you are getting the best deal for your home.
For more information on how to be more energy efficient in your home, check out these tips from the Australian Energy Foundation.