Does it seem like no matter what you do, you just cannot get on top of your energy bills?
This article will help by providing some insights into how Australians use power and what is it specifically that has a large impact on your electricity bill at the end of the billing cycle. Without further ado, let’s dive into the energy-consumption habits that may be costing you the most.
Appliances on standby
Do you know many of your electrical appliances or devices are drawing energy while plugged in on standby? A few cents here and there don’t seem to be a big deal, but they add up by the time your energy bill comes.
Granted, it’s not very practical to unplug the kettle or the TV after each use, so perhaps you can find a happy medium depending on your own home’s routine. You can turn a blind eye and accept to pay for appliances and devices on standby which are regularly used; but if you are only using others once a week or a few times a month, it is good practice to unplug them. Although it may seem like a small step, these cents you won’t need to spend on will add up – reduced energy usage means reduced bills!
Investing in LED bulbs can reduce energy usage by 75%. They last significantly longer and they even produce better light.
Last year was probably one of the most difficult for everyone. Not only for the health concerns, but also because we spent more time at home, which meant a higher electricity use.
One of the most overlooked expenses in electricity is our home lighting. While Australia begun the phasing out of halogen lighting since 2009, older homes and rental premises have a legacy of halogens still in use that contributes to the household’s bill quite drastically. According to the Residential Lighting Report from energyrating.gov.au, 15.8% of lighting across all states and territories is halogen, compared to 16.3% of LEDs. When taking into account other lighting technologies like incandescent, it is very obvious to assume we still have a way to go to completely phase out inefficient lighting in our houses and businesses.
Investing in LED bulbs can reduce energy usage by 75%. They last significantly longer (there’s less replacing) and they even produce better light (how many lumens they give off). Energy Rating says that a small change of swapping 10 halogen light bulbs for LEDs can lead to savings of up to $650 over 10 years.
And remember when you were told as a child to turn off the lights when you exited a room? Turning off lights that are not in use is hands down the only way of ensuring lighting doesn’t quickly accrue and you’re paying for what you really use.
Running the dishwasher in the evening is significantly more expensive for a solar homeowner.
These convenient appliances are perfect to clean your dishes… and making your bill go up quickly. Although it may seem like a good idea to have your dishes clean and ready straight after dinner, running the dishwasher in the evening is significantly more expensive for a solar homeowner.
By running your dishwasher either during the day off solar energy or during off-peak periods, you will save on running costs.
Washing machines and dryers
When you are producing energy, you are essentially powering these appliances for free.
Clothes dryers are one of the highest electricity users at home. Likewise, running a washing and drying cycle in the evening, during peak rate times, can be extremely costly on your bill.
Here’s where your solar PV system comes to the rescue! If you do your washing during the day, when you are producing energy, you are essentially powering these appliances for free. If this is not possible, running your machine during off-peak times and on the economy setting also minimise the energy used from the grid.
We understand it may take a little while to transition into energy-saving usage habits. Start with something achievable, keep yourself accountable and celebrate the small successes with every bill that comes. As a customer of Members Energy, you are already on the right track to maximising your solar investment.