How to save energy and reduce your power bills
1. Conduct an energy efficiency assessment
An energy efficient home uses less energy to heat, cool and run appliances and electronics, and in the process can help reduce the cost of energy bills.
A professional home energy assessment can give you a better understanding of your home's energy use and offer solutions that are tailored to your property. You can book an in-person Home Energy Efficiency Assessment to find out where you are wasting energy in order to ssave money, make your home more energy efficient, and reduce your environmental impact.
2. Set your thermostat for summer conditions
Heating and cooling appliances account for around 40 per cent of energy consumption in the home, so it makes sense to find different ways to reduce your energy consumption each season.
If you feel the need to turn on your air conditioner in summer, Energy Victoria recommends setting your thermostat between 23°C and 26°C for living areas, pointing out that every degree lower will increase running costs by around 10 per cent. Remember to also turn off the air conditioner when you are going out.
3. Look into your current energy provider
Whether you’re a homeowner or renter looking into energy cost, shopping around for a new energy retailer could get you a better deal and save you money, as well as being better for the planet.
Simple and affordable energy plans can help you manage your energy bills more easily, with some providing 100 per cent carbon-offset electricity at no extra cost and a feed-in tariff for the energy solar owners export to the grid.
4. Find and cut unnecessary energy wastage
Take the time to find and eliminate any hidden energy hogs in your home.
The Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water (DCCEEW) identifies the major sources of energy use around a typical home as heating and cooling, hot water, pools and spas, and refrigeration and other appliances.
Lighting, cooking, and standby power account for the remaining sources.
Standby power is when devices continue to draw power even though they are not in use and can contribute up to 10 per cent to your electricity bill. Switching off appliances directly at the power socket can help reduce your electricity consumption.