These current times call for desperate measures, well not too desperate but every dollar counts and it’s even better if you can put a few things in place so that this goes on autopilot. Every dollar you can save is another dollar in the bank.
And if you are able to save a few cup of coffee’s a week by just changing a few lightbulbs it might be worth it.
So here are 14 energy savings tips that can save you money
- Star Ratings, if you buy a new appliance check the energy-efficient models with as many stars as possible.
- Set the air-conditioner thermostat around 24 degrees or higher, in summer you can set this at 21 degrees or lower in winter.
- If your old air conditioner is on nearly dying then replace it with a split system inverter unit with as many stars in its energy-efficiency rating as possible.
- Instead of normal globes use compact fluorescent bulbs or LED’s. Turn down your lighting and you will decrease your bill by converting to energy-efficient low-wattage compact LED lighting. These days the light by modern versions is just like any other light.
- Consider replacing windows with double glazed versions as the insulation is much better.
- Clean or replace heater and air-conditioner filters regularly, following manufacturer’s instructions.
- Set the water heater thermostat at 60 degrees or “normal.”
- If your hotwater is heated by renewable energy make sure your dishwasher and washing machine are using this water supply rather than letting them heat their own water. Even using hot water from your off peak electric system will be more efficient and cost effective than letting these appliances heat their own.
- Wash only full loads in a dishwasher and use the shortest cycle that will get your dishes clean.
- Fix defective plumbing or dripping taps. A single dripping hot water tap can waste over 1000 litres of water a month. That not only increases water bills, but also increases the gas or electric bill for heating the water.
- Defrost refrigerators and freezers before ice build up becomes 10 mm thick.
- Install shades, awnings or sunscreens on windows facing north and/or west to block the hot summer sun. In winter, open shades on sunny days to help warm rooms.
- Close the damper when the fireplace is not being used. Try not to use the fireplace and central heating system at the same time.
- Install an electricity monitor in your home. Locating the display in a high traffic area like the kitchen, creates an awareness amongst all the occupants of just how much juice the house is using. Being able to measure the effects of changes instantly is a positive motivator and also increase your bank balance.
I hope these energy saving tips will help you with your electricity bill and you can even do some electricity comparisons with various energy suppliers in your state.