The good news is that energy consumption has been going down throughout the last couple of years in Australia, which means that the production demands have dropped. There is still a long way to go to reach the goal of total renewable resource energy, so there are some tips on saving money and energy at home that can help you personally decrease the footprint that your household leaves upon the Earth.
Let’s jump right in and take a look at how easy this task can be.
- Lights – Turn the lights off when you leave a room. Leave them off if you do not need them on, such as during the day when the sun is shining through the windows.
- Smart Light Switches – It may be a hard habit to get everyone into, so installing smart light switches in all your rooms with sensors will create a way to reduce the power that unneeded lights take while making life a little easier.
- Light Bulbs – Remove all the old-style bulbs, such as the incandescent, and replace them with LEDs or basic energy-saving variations.
- Hot Water Heater – Most hot water heaters are set at 140 degrees Fahrenheit, meaning they have to be on more often to keep the water in the tank up to temperature. Turn it down to 125 degrees (never go below that) to conserve energy and cut costs off your bill.
- Showers – Showers may feel good on sore, overworked muscles, but if you want to conserve, that is an excellent place to start. Reduce the time you are in the shower and turn the water down from hot to warm while you are in it.
- Dishes – Washing and rinsing the dishes with hot water can take more power than you may realize. An energy-efficient dishwasher will use less energy and hot water, especially if you turn off the hot air drying aspect and let them air dry.
- Laundry – With the advanced technology in the laundry soap industry, there is no reason to wash your average load of clothes in anything but cold water.
- Compare Your Options – Just because you have used one energy provider your entire life does not mean you are obligated to go through them. Go to an online comparison site, like iSelect, and find the best provider in your area and switch to them if needed.
- Tools – A good energy provider will have a solid presence on the internet. This means they should have some tools and training videos, such as how to read electricity meter. If you haven’t checked them out yet, do so because they are full of helpful tools and information.
- Hot Tubs – This is arguably one of those things that you do not need, even though they are wonderful to have. If you remove yours, you will see an almost instant drop in your power usage and a sizable amount off your energy bill. If you need to soak once in a while, go to a location that offers hot tubs for use, such as the local swimming pool or hot springs.
- Insulation – If your home is older than 5 to 10 years, you need to have a professional come in and evaluate your insulation. If it needs to be improved, it is better to have it done sooner rather than later.
- Thermostat – Turn the heat down. Turn the cool air down. Just one degree makes a big difference. If you have to, install a smart variation that you can control and lock from your mobile device.
There are so many things that you can do to cut your power expenses and usage that they cannot all be listed here. Getting into good habits, and teaching everyone in your home to follow the same practices, will make your home as energy efficient as possible. The more your household conserves on usage, the cheaper your monthly energy bills will be, so put your foot down and make everyone follow the rules.