We are entering the season of high electricity bills as we try to keep the house warm and turn on lights earlier.
With power prices ever on the increase, it pays to be mindful of where and when you are plugging in and turning on.
You’d be surprised how what may seem like a small action can make a difference.
Here are a few tips from the Australian Furniture Association to help you keep electricity usage to a minimum, leading to lower bills and a happier earth.
- Unplug it. Just because it’s not being used, doesn’t mean it’s not using electricity. Unplug unused appliances – they’ll chew through power even when they’re turned off.
- See the light. Switch incandescent bulbs for energy efficient globes, like LEDs. They last longer, pump out less heat and use less energy to light a room.
- Shut the door. Only heat and cool the rooms you’re in (not the whole house) by shutting the doors to rooms you’re not using. While you’re at it, close the curtains to help keep the heat inside in winter and outside in summer.
- Solar smart. Brighten up garden paths with solar lights. They store energy during the day and automatically light up when the sun goes down without adding a cent to your power bills.
- Cold power. Avoid using hot water when you can. Wash your clothes in cold water, and boil cold water in a kettle rather than reaching for the hot tap.
- Out with the old. Ancient appliances may be cheap to buy, but they can cost a fortune in energy use. Consider replacing your old TV, fridge or dishwasher with a more energy-efficient model. The more stars, the better.
- Plan ahead. Plan meals in advance so you have time to defrost naturally instead of using the microwave. All it takes is a little forward thinking.
- Stay frosty. Your fridge uses energy 24/7, so it’s worth checking the door seal. Close the door on a strip of paper and see how easily you can pull it free. If the seal is loose, it may be time to get a new one...or a new fridge.
- The night shift. Power is cheaper at night on some energy contracts. Night can be a great time to charge your phone, pop on the dishwasher or do a load of washing. Check the details on your contract to see if you can save at night.
- All in the family. Enlist your family to help use less energy. Show them the household bill and get them to pick something they can do to pitch in and lower the costs.