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6 ways to save electricity and make a green household

21 December 2015

Photo: Brendan Wood 

 

What better motivation to reduce the amount of energy your household uses than giving your latest electricity bill pride of place on the fridge for all to see?

We all want to spend less money on household utilities so that we can have a little more for the things we enjoy: holidays, entertainment, social activities.

Here are a few handy little hints to make sure you are minimising energy usage and maximising your bank account. Best of all, you can start introducing them all into your routine today and do your bit for the environment at the same time.

 

This might seem like an obvious one, but it is one of the easiest ways to start noticing savings on your bill and stop wasted energy. Lighting accounts for around 12% of energy use in the average household, and between 18-40% for businesses. Be conscious of areas like the hallway and bathrooms, as these can often be ignored and left on for hours. Try candlelight as an alternative in living rooms if you are watching television. Use energy saving light bulbs to cut back on electricity and help create a more green household. If you install them throughout your home you will save electricity and could potentially save hundreds of dollars per year.

Here is a guide to help you figure out how much you could save.

 

Your gadgets are all energy sucking vampires

 

iPhones, iPods, laptops, chargers, tablets are all fantastic luxuries of the modern life that are on hand to make our lives a piece of cake. But little do we know, even in standby mode these and many other appliances are sucking power, especially when they are left plugged in overnight. Unplug all your gadgets once charged to avoid wasting excess energy.

An easy way to remember is to charge all your electronics on one power board and simply switch the power board off at the wall so you don’t forget any.

 

Take advantage of winter sunlight, block it out in summer

 

Harnessing the warmth of natural light in the colder months is one of the best ways to cut back on energy use in the home. Open up curtains during the day and let the sun warm living rooms and bedrooms, then close them during the evening to retain the heat. Reverse this process during the summer to block out the hot sun, and open curtains and windows at night when the temperature drops. Why waste energy when nature can help you for free?

 

Shorten your shower

 

Australians use around 29% of their household water each year in the shower. Showers are a very easy way to cut back on your energy bill if you are using an electric hot water system, by installing water saving shower heads and shaving a few minutes from your regular shower routine. A water-proof timer in the shower is a good way to monitor how much time you are spending in the shower each day.

For a little extra motivation, check out this calculator to see how changing your habits could have a huge impact on your bills, as well as conserving precious water for the environment and moving toward a greener household.

 

Ceiling fans can replace air conditioners

 

Air Conditioners are very effective at cooling down a room, but when you consider the amount of energy they require to run, an AC unit might not be the best investment in the long term. For a fraction of the price, ceiling fans can make a room feel 3-4 degrees cooler and are also much cheaper to install.

Check out our blog post for more information about the benefits of a ceiling fan and how to get the most value from installing one in your home.

 

Dress appropriately

 

One guaranteed, sure-fire technique to keep warm in winter and cool in summer that won’t cost you a cent in electricity is to consider the clothes you are wearing. Spending a lot of energy and money heating a big house only to walk around in a t-shirt because it’s so warm is not the most eco friendly approach. Rug up and wear multiple layers, and invest in woolen socks, a beanie, a scarf and gloves – whatever you need to stay warm without resorting to running an energy-sucking electric heater all night. In the summer, try flowing light clothes made from quality material that won’t cause excessive sweating.

These are just a few ideas that you can try out at home to minimise your impact on the environment and save yourself some money in the process. All of these tips are easy to work into your regular routine so that they become lifelong habits.

Make a note of how much your energy bills are from the corresponding period of the previous year and see how much you can shave off this time by using these energy saving, environmentally friendly tips.

 

Would you like help to save electricity in Newcastle or Hunter? Call 1300 766 324 and talk to us.

 

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