Energy Saving Tips in Australia
Do you want to save money in your energy bill?
Energy keeps the world going; the individuals, families, and body corporate all need it to survive. Due to our dependence on energy, many people are groaning under the heavy weight of rising utility costs. Since we can’t do without energy, we can at least adjust the way we use it to bring some relief in our utility costs.
The following tips aim to help you reduce utility cost by reducing your energy consumption; you will find it helpful. Remember to contact your service provider, like AGL to review your consumption
Understand your energy needs
The first step towards power reducing consumption is to know what you need. Most times, people waste energy because they don’t need it. Whether wasted or not, since it was consumed, there is a cost to it. But you can do away with the wastages, keep your consumption lean and reduce what you pay eventually.
Areas to check in the home to know your energy consumption include the following:
The living room. You want to check the lighting, electronic gadgets like music appliances, computers, game console, heater/air-conditioner, television and any other device using electricity within the living room. Look at the type and wattage of the illuminating bulbs; the best energy efficient bulbs are the LED lights, (never use incandescent bulbs because they are less energy efficient and not eco-friendly).
Take a list of everything running on power in your living room and make a plan of your energy consumption. See what can be reduced, those you can do without and act appropriately.
Replace, if you have not done so, all incandescent bulbs in your living room with LED lights.
The kitchen. Kitchen, no doubt, is a powerhouse but there is a high possibility of cutting down on energy consumption without going hungry. Check your cookers, microwave, refrigerators, toasters, warmers, lighting, electric kettle, dishwasher, blender, grinder, and other electronic appliances in the kitchen to see where you can reduce energy consumption; whether by reducing its use or need outright changing to energy-friendly ones. The kitchen uses powerful energy gulping appliances, take note of the consumption pattern of each gadget and go for lower energy consuming devices; they achieve the same in the end.
When cooking, avoid frequent opening of the pot lid to maintain required steam to cook your food and reduce cooking time.
It is recommended to use more of the microwave than oven because the former is fair on energy than the latter, and use more of electric kettle than stove as the kettle is energy-friendly than the stove.
The Laundry. The laundry is the clean house of power where you need to wary about the energy consumption of your gadgets. Check each appliance for their consumption volume and see if you need lower energy consuming laundry equipment the next time you are considering picking a new one. How about your electric iron? Go for a power-friendly one for a substantial power cut. The lighting is also part of the consideration; the type of bulb you use matters here as well. Sometimes if you are lucky with the sunshine, using drying line outside might help instead of using the dryer.
Use cold water for washing clothes and make sure to spin properly before drying them.
The bathroom. Water heating is a substantial energy consuming activity in bathrooms; you need to be concerned about the type of heating gadgets you use and other electronic appliances in your bathrooms. You need to mind your hot water consumption and to what degree you heat your water each day; keep it low. Other appliances like hairdryers, radios and the electric toothbrush should be switched off when not in use and make a plan for their uses.
Maintain a temperature of 50 degree Celsius setting for water heating
Power off all other electronic appliances in the bathroom to save energy
Use water saving showerheads to cut down on amount of hot water use
Outside area. Due to the need for brighter illumination outside the house, higher lumens which cost more power consumption is required. Along the perimeter, around the building areas and in the garden and other regions of the compound to relax at night. The use of higher wattage bulb is often the case to help us see well at night. But it could also be controlled and reduced to the barest minimum to save more energy costs.
Use timers and sensors to control outside lighting off and on times
Get high lumens LED light to cut high wattage costs
Consider using solar power to run outside light; it will be cheaper in the long run
Keep the light separated so you can choose which ones to keep on and other switched off to save more energy.
Cooling and heating. The truth is we need cooling and heating at different period of each year, but we could still reduce our energy costs if we become conscious of some things we do in the house at various times of each day. By so doing we can keep the use of heater and air-conditioner to the barest and still enjoy our stay in the house.
Keep heating or cooling only to area of the house that you use
Conserve interior heat by closing the windows and keep the curtain down in the house
Use multiple blankets for your bed instead of using the heater
Use other heating options like hot bottles, electric blanket or wheat bag instead of using the heater
Keep your cooling system clean for optimum performance
After identifying your energy needs and know what you consume and why sit back and work on cutting down your consumption which will directly reduce your expenses on energy remarkably. Where necessary consider changing gadgets identified to consume higher power to a lesser energy consuming ones. Lighting is responsible for substantial energy costs in the home, no thanks to incandescent bulbs. But you can decide on replacing all incandescent with energy efficient ones like the LED lights.
In your kitchen, bedroom and bathroom and laundry, see what is shooting up your energy use and take a step to reduce or replace them. Discussing energy impact on the family finances with every member of the family would help to get everyone on the same page in the effort to reduce power consumption, and free up some money for other important things than burning it on waste.