Are your electricity bills costing you a fortune? Would you rather spend your money on a holiday to Tahiti? Volti are here to help! We have put together a list of things that you can do that are completely FREE to help you reduce your electricity bill.

Compare energy plans

How much are you paying per kilowatt hour for your electricity? It might be more than you have to. Compare energy companies to see if you can get a cheaper deal for your household’s electricity needs. It’s easy to be charmed by free gifts or vouchers, but the best deals will be ones that suit your own energy use patterns and save you money on your electricity bills in the long run.

Stop standby power waste

Did you know your phone charger is still using energy even when your phone is not attached? Up to 10% of your electricity could be used by gadgets and appliances that are on standby.A standby power controller will automatically reduce standby time and switch appliances off when not in use. If you would like more information on how the standby power controllers work, contact us now.

Household Appliances

Your household appliances may be energy inefficient and costing you a fortune to use on a daily basis. Replacing these appliances or using them more efficiently or less often, can help cut your electricity costs. When worn out, old appliances can be replaced with those that have energy saving features. Look out for an easy-to-recognise Energy Rating label when choosing between appliances – the more stars, the more efficient it is. Big consumers of electricity include washing machines, clothes dryers, refrigerators, hair dryers, microwaves, irons, dishwashers, air conditioners, electric kettles, vacuums and plasma televisions.

Lighting

You can reduce the energy used by lights by simply turning them off when leaving a room, and by switching on lights appropriate to the level of light your activity needs. For example, watching television does not require every light in the room to be on! Replace old incandescent and halogen light globes with energy-efficient globes. There is initial cost but energy-efficient globes save power and last longer.

Run your fridge efficiently

Your fridge is always on, making it one of your most expensive appliances. Make sure the door seal is tight and free from gaps so cold air can’t escape.

Wash clothes using cold water

You can save around $115 per year by washing clothes in cold water. You can also save by making sure you select the shortest appropriate washing cycle and waiting until you have a full load.

Dry your laundry on a clothesline on good weather days rather than putting them in the tumble dryer. If you do have to use the clothes dryer, clean the lint screen first to increase efficiency.

Turn your heaters and your coolers off when you don’t need them

Turn off when you leave the room, or go to bed. With some ducted heating systems you can turn off the heating in the rooms that are unoccupied. Make sure all your heating or cooling is turned off when you leave the house.

Shut your doors and close your curtains

Heating or cooling the whole house can be expensive. Where possible, shut doors to areas you are not using and only heat or cool the rooms you spend the most time in.

Make sure your curtains or blinds seal your windows properly, and keep your curtains closed at night, and during the day when there is a heat-wave. Block draughts around doors and windows to stop air leaking out, or in.

Wear the right clothes

Dress for the temperature. Layering clothes and wearing wool helps keep you warm in winter, and means you can turn your heater down.

Insulate your roof

An insulated ceiling makes a big difference to your power bills. If you already have insulation installed, check that it is properly installed and has the right rating.

Electric hot water

Electric hot water can account for a third of your total power use in a year. If you’re on a single (peak) rate tariff, try switching to an off-peak, hard wired electric hot water system. You could also look to decrease your thermostat settings – even decreasing the temperature by 5 degrees could help reduce your overall electricity consumption! A professional should be called in to change your thermostat settings and health experts suggest it should be kept at a minimum of 60 degrees Celsius to prevent bacteria build up in the system.

Washing your clothes with cold water and taking shorter showers can also save you money as a smaller volume of water needs to be heated.

Switch to natural gas/solar heating systems

Consider switching to natural gas or solar powered heating systems to heat up water or your entire home. Natural gas is generally cheaper to run and produces lower carbon emissions than coal – the major source of electricity in Australia. The option to switch to natural gas depends on whether it is available in your area and can be connected to your home.

As an alternative to gas- or coal-powered electricity, solar energy is converted from sunlight through solar panels mounted on your roof. And while installation of solar panels can be a big upfront cost, solar energy is a clean and efficient source of energy that can save you money in the long run. Solar hot water has evolved since its introduction and the newly developed solar hydronics systems can even convert heated water into gentle, radiant heat to be circulated around the house.

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