With electricity bills set to soar by a further £200 per year, Australian families are taking all measures to ensure the quarterly bill remains as low as possible. As households continue to keep up with trends, more and more electrical gadgets and appliances have electricity meters ticking over faster than ever.
How to Cut the Cost of Electricity Bills By Union of Concerned Scientists
Saving £200 off electricity bills can be as simple as unplugging the bar fridge when not required. Running an older style bar fridge costs households around £7 per week, meaning between £200 and £300 per year can be saved just by turning off the power supply. New model fridges cost around £3 a week to run.
Cutting Heating and Cooling Costs
Households heating and cooling costs raise electricity bills significantly. Consider having homes insulated. Insulating a home can save 45-55 per cent on heating costs and keeps heat in during winter months and lets heat out during the warmer months to improve comfort and save energy.
There are a few steps households can take to reduce heating and cooling costs, including:
- Set air conditioner thermostats to run at 25 degrees Centigrade during the warmer months and between 17 and 19 degrees Centigrade in winter.
- Use fans as much as possible. Fans cost 1 cent an hour to run, incomparrison to 80 cents per hour for reverse cycle air conditioning and 10 cents per hour for evaporative air coolers.
- Open windows and allow the breeze to circulate through the home.
- Plant trees, erect shade sails or blinds to block out the heat from the sun.
- Close off rooms in the house that do not require heating or cooling.
- Seal cracks around doors and windows to keep out the chill.
- Wear an extra jumper or use blankets for extra warmth.
Electricity Services to Save Money
Climate Smart Home Service can save households around £325 per year on their electricity bills. For a £50 fee, a qualified electrician will install a wireless power monitor, up to 15 energy saver light globes and a water and energy efficient shower head. The electrician conduct a power accessment and provide customers with a energy and water efficient plan for households.
The wireless power monitor is connected to electricity meters and comes with a digital device for customers to monitor the usage in their homes. The device measures daily, weekly, monthly and quarterly energy usage and cost, also allows households to monitor greenhouse gas emission.
Ben Freund from Go.Switch.com.au, told Today Tonight in January, the number of people switching electricity providers had tripled in the past 12 months. GoSwitch.com.au is a free service available to Australian residents, comparing the prices of electricity providers in the country. Households then have the opportunity to switch providers, with the cheapest option saving from 5 per cent to 20 per cent.
Other tips to save on electricity costs include:
- turning off appliances that are not in use
- switching off appliances on stand by mode
- hanging laundry on clothes lines instead of using a clothes dryer
- installing energy saver light globes throughout the home
- when boiling a kettle for a cup of coffee, only fill the required amount of water into the kettle
- only buy appliances with a high energy star rating
- turn down the temperatue of hot water systems
- set refrigerators to 4 degrees Centigrade
From appliances and light globes, to heating costs and refrigeration, there are many ways to conserve energy around the home. By taking these practical energy saving steps, households will be prepared for the next electricity price hike and hopefully will not feel the pinch.