The average annual electricity bill for households in NSW is around $1,898.40. A report by Canstar Blue found this figure to be for, on average, two to three people in a household. When electricity bills arrive each quarter, they’re often met with astonishment. How can our power bill be that high? What can we do this quarter to save a bit more? We’ve compiled a few helpful tips to save power in your home through your appliances.
Before we get into the nitty gritty of power saving appliances, remember that energy companies charge you depending on the time of day in which you’re using it. For example, in the afternoons from about 5pm, it is peak hour in the electricity business. Everyone has come home from work, is doing the washing and cooking dinner. During this period, power is charged at a greater rate. In order to get the best rates on electricity that you can, use your heavy-duty appliances i.e. Dishwasher, washing machines and dryers, during off peak periods. As a general rule, after 8pm is classified as ‘Off Peak’.
The average household spends 10% of their electricity on lighting. LED lights, although a more expensive upfront product, are the most energy efficient. LED lightbulbs are 85% more energy efficient than traditional lightbulbs and can last for 20 years. Low Voltage Halogen Lights are the most commonly used in Australia. They are 25% more efficient that traditional lights and last about 3 times longer. The final efficient light bulb type are Compact fluorescent lights. These bulbs use a quarter of the electricity that a regular bulb would, and they last for 30 years. After 9 months of use, the bulbs have paid for themselves in energy savings.
FRIDGE AND FREEZER
Your fridge and freezer are running 24 hours, 7 days a week therefore incur quite a cost. For optimal efficiency, set your fridge between 3 and 5 degrees Celsius, and your freezer to minus 15 degrees Celsius.
The higher the star rating, the more efficient an appliance is! However, no matter what kind you have, washing your clothes on a cold wash instead of hot will save electricity!
AIR TEMPERATURE CONTROL
To keep cool in Summer and warm in Winter, consider insulating your house. If you’re going to be using your air-conditioning to cool your home, remember the most efficient temperatures are between 23 and 26 degrees Celsius.
TURN APPLIANCES OFF AT THE WALL
Some appliances, even when switched off, use standby mode. This means that as long as your DVD player, computer monitor, washing machine etc are plugged into the wall and the Power point is on, they are using power. To stop this from happening, switch off your devices at the wall when they’re not in use!
Try incorporating some of these helpful hints into your home and see if it makes a difference to your power bill. Have you tried these before? What other tips do you have? Leave a comment and let us know!