How can I reduce my Electricity Bill?
Identifying the key areas relating to your household’s electricity bill is paramount in keeping energy costs down.
What are the main areas of energy consumption in households across Melbourne?
Firstly you need to ask yourself ‘what facilities in my home consume the most energy?’ By understanding the way in which you use energy within your home will help you save money. Let’s look at what consumes the most energy in the average Melbourne household. Heating and cooling tops the chart with approximately 40%, followed by water heating at around 25%. Household appliances equates for approximately 18% (including those in stand-by mode), with fridges and freezers consuming around 6% as does lighting with 6% and finally cooking with an average of 5%.
What appliances in my home are costing me the most to run?
Ducted air conditioners and heaters use the most energy, followed by electric hot water units, plasma TVs, large LCD TVs, fridges/freezers and clothes dryers. These may vary depending on the models used, age of appliances, wattage and usage rates; averages only.
If you have a swimming pool or large spa they’ll use around 1,500kWh-3,000kWh of electricity per year with running costs of between $600 and $1,200; running costs dependent on the type and size of the pump, how long it’s run for and whether it’s heated.
Tips to help you save $
Water Heating / Shower: Did you know that switching your high pressure shower head from a high flowing nozzle to a 3 star rated shower head can reduce your usage by half? And don’t forget to switch off your hot water service when you’re going away!
Laundry / Washing: Wash in cold water. Detergents on the market these days provide great cleaning results washing in cold water and it’s better for the environment.
Heating in winter and cooling in summer: For each degree below the recommended level for summer and degree above for winter will increase your household’s energy consumption by around 10%. Remember 24-26 degrees for air conditioning in summer and 18-20 degrees for heating in winter.
Check and save $: Do you have an off peak rate? If so, when is it? Why not take advantage of the cheaper time slots and switch on your washing machine or dishwasher during that time. It’s also important to keep an eye on your electricity bills to monitor any price increases – switch if you’re not happy or find a better supplier to suit your needs.