South Australia has the highest electricity prices in the country. Here are some quick tips on reducing energy consumption and getting those bills down.
Change the Everyday
Reducing energy consumption doesn’t always mean purchasing energy-saving products or appliances. It can be as simple as changing your behaviour.
- Turn off lights and appliances when you aren’t using them
- Dry clothes outside or on racks rather than using the dryer
- Reduce the number of times you use the dishwasher or don’t use it at all
- If you’re able to, turn down your heating thermostat during winter, and run the air-conditioner less in summer
- Don’t boil a full kettle for one cup
- Unplug the phone charger (and any other appliance) from the wall when not in use
Update Your Lightbulbs
Replace traditional incandescent bulbs with halogen incandescent compact fluorescent lights (CFLs), or light-emitting diode bulbs (LEBs). You’ll be using between 20-80% less electricity and they last longer.
Use Smart Power Strips
Electronics use power even when on standby. Eliminate these ‘Phantom Loads’ by using a smart power strip. They can be timed to shut off when required, after periods of inactivity or through remote switches.
Switch to Gas & Solar
If possible, switch to gas in the kitchen, especially if you’re a keen chef. The lower cost alone will see your electricity bills reduce.
Gas hot water systems can be set to ‘holiday mode’ when you are away. Also, converting to a solar hot water system can save you money, as well as being a clean, renewable source of energy.
Choose Energy Efficient Appliances
Appliances with a high-star energy rating are more efficient – either when in use or on standby mode. Initial outlay can be more expensive but they are guaranteed to use less energy, usually 9-25%. A washing machine with a high star energy rating will use approximately 25% less electricity, and 45% less water than a conventional model.