It’s no secret that the way you use your home has a huge impact on your energy bills. There are ways to reduce it though, and some of them are so simple you’ve probably never considered them.
This post is sponsored by Alinta Energy.
How We Cut Our Electricity Bill By 75%
When we moved into our house a bit over a year ago I asked the previous owners roughly how much their energy bills were so I could have a guide for our budget. We’d previously lived in a duplex and we were moving into a large house with a granny flat so I needed to know how much we should account for in our budget. I nearly had a heart attack when they told me they were averaging $1800 a quarter on electricity alone! I started to panic that we had bought some kind of energy black hole and promptly did some pretty serious tightening of our spending.
12 months later it turns out I need not have panicked. While our bills obviously increased from what we were spending in our duplex, they were no where near as bad as I had imagined. Over the year we have spend almost exactly the same as the previous owners were spending EVERY quarter.
Yep, you read that right. We have the same number of people living in the exact same house and we are spending a quarter of what they were spending. I guess my energy efficient husband has taught me something after all! These are my top tips so you can do the same.
Look At Your Lights
Our house was FULL of down lights. We have 25 in our kitchen and living room alone! All the lights were halogen down lights which produce heat and use huge amounts of power. In fact, halogen lights use 75-80% more electricity to run than LED down lights. There was an initial cost to change over all the lights (about $8-10 per globe) but the overall impact on our power bills was huge.
Make Use Of Off Peak
Check with your energy company to see if you have on and off peak times. If you do, off peak will be a lot cheaper than peak times for consuming energy. Try putting appliances like the washing machine and dishwasher on a timer so they automatically run at the cheaper time of the day.
Turn Things Off
It’s so simple but when you leave a room, turn off the lights/TV/computer/heater ect. Leaving these things running all day and night when you don’t need them is a huge waste of energy. Teach your kids to get into the habit of turning the lights off as they walk out of the room.
Insulate Your Home
If your house doesn’t have good insulation then your costs for heating and cooling it will be much higher. Look into ways to improve your insulation that will reduce your energy bills over time. Even simple things like adding curtains to windows can help keep your home warmer in winter and cooler in summer.
Be Smart About Heating and Cooling
Set your air conditioner or heaters using a timer so you don’t forget to turn them off when you leave the house. Choose a conservative temperature for air conditioners so you aren’t overloading them and wasting power. Generally the advice is 23 degrees in summer and 18 degrees in winter to keep your home a fairly comfortable temperature year round.
Remember, it is cheap to put a jumper on 😉
Review Your Energy Deal
Did you know that you could be saving over 20% on your electricity usage just by changing providers? Make sure you are getting the best deal on your electricity and gas by checking what offers different providers have available. Some of the less well know companies such as Alinta Energy can often offer some of the best savings. Check out their website for offers.
About Alinta Energy
Alinta Energy is an established national energy company, with a proud history dating back to 1941. We have 800,000 customers and over 400 employees across Australia. We both generate and retail electricity in Australia, which means we are able to offer extremely competitive pricing.
We retail energy in Western Australia, South Australia, New South Wales, Victoria and have recently launched in Queensland.
Our goal is to make energy more affordable for all Australians.
You can check out their newest offerings in NSW (& other states) here.