You are most likely only too aware of the increases in electricity usage costs no matter which provider you are with. But there are definitely some steps you can take to actively reduce your electricity consumption and lower your future electricity bills.
We have outlined some of the most common ‘hidden’ reasons power bills are so high and what you can do to address them.
- You have vampire appliances.
Your appliances are literally actively sucking electricity even when they are not switched on, so while you no one is at home and your appliances are switched off your electricity meter is ticking over with energy consumption. Most modern appliances never really power down, they simply transition to a standby mode, so they still consume electricity whilst waiting for a demand from you or for a scheduled task to run. The best bet is to get into the habit of switching off such appliances at the wall, to stop the flow of electricity completely. This is particularly recommended for TVs, computers, laptops, even microwaves.
2. You regularly use high energy usage appliances during peak times
A sure-fire way to send your electricity bill skyrocketing is to over-use energy-hogging appliances such as clothes dryers, dishwashers and washing machines. Try to get into a routine where you only put the dishwasher on when it is really full, maybe even cold wash utensils where possible to stretch you out between cycles. For clothes, consider setting one day a week as a laundry day and wash full loads so your washing machine is at its fullest capacity. Try to avoid your clothes dryer wherever possible leaving clothes to hang dry instead. If you have off-peak times, make sure you are aware of these times and set your heavy use appliances to off-peak, effectively halving your power costs for these appliances. Many homes set up with peak and off peak usage allow people to use heavy use appliances like washing machines and dishwashers from 9pm and throughout the weekend. So save washing your bed sheets and even clothes for weekends, or switch them on in the evening. You can even get power timers at attached to your appliances like dishwashers and washing machines so you can switch them on at 5am, while you are still in off-peak, ready to hang out/ unpack in the morning when you wake up. It’s a matter of getting into the right routine. You will definitely notice a fall in your bill if you consistently lower your usage of these appliances over time and switch them on only during off peak times.
3. You misuse lighting
Switch lights off if you are leaving a room. Avoid leaving lights on at night.. Consider using a lamp instead of full room lighting where possible. Be conscious of lights being left on (kids and teenagers are notorious for this!). Some lights are way more energy efficient than others and if you haven’t switched over to LEDs you really should - read more about the benefits of LEDs.
4. You have old appliances
Old appliances use more electricity than more modern energy-saving appliances. Vintage retro appliances such as refrigerators or ovens, while they look cool, can drive your energy bill through the roof, with modern day rates. The same goes for appliances that are over ten years old. It is definitely sometimes worth the investment to get a new power-saving appliance than relying on older appliances that cost a bomb to run.
5. You have too many device chargers plugged in
Chargers for mobile phones, tablets, laptops, electric shavers etc.. all continue sapping electricity when plugged in and not switched off at the wall. Get into the habit of removing them from power points when not in use to guarantee they stop sucking through your energy supply when not in use.
There are ways you can actively monitor your energy usage. We will explore these in a later blog. For now though, try making some changes to the way you use electricity and see if you can save on your next bill.
If you need an electrician in Hornsby, the North Shore or surrounds don’t hesitate to give us a call on 9477 2550.