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5 Ways to Save On Your Electricity Bill
You don’t need to expend a lot of money or effort to reduce your electricity costs. According to the Australian Government, appliances account for up to 30% of home energy use. Just making some simple adjustments to how you use your home appliances could mean big savings for your family.
1. Use Energy Efficient Appliances
All whitegoods and some large electrical appliances (such as televisions and computer monitors) have the Energy Rating Label on them. This is the red, yellow and black sticker with stars on it and indicates how energy efficient your washing machine or fridge is as rated by the Australian Government. If you are planning on buying a new washing machine, for example, consider purchasing a more energy efficient product with a higher star rating to use less power and reduce your electricity bill.
You can compare and calculate how much electricity different appliances will use by using a simple formula that you can find here.
2. Don’t Use Your Dryer
It might be quick and convenient but clothes dryers use a whole lot of electricity. According to The Guardian in 2010, an average load of laundry washed at 40 degrees and line dried uses 0.7 kilograms of CO2e versus the same load of laundry that is tumbled dried and uses 2.4 kilograms of CO2e.
Invest in some clothes horses to hang your laundry indoors to dry in the winter or when it is raining. Stores such as Big W, Target, K Mart and many major supermarkets sell very affordable wire clothes horses that can be easily folded and hidden away when not in use.
If you must use your dryer, ensure the lint filter is always clean before each cycle. Ensure the clothes are fully spun in the washing machine to rid them of excess water before loading into the dryer. Open a window in your laundry for ventilation and be sure not to overfill the dryer. This will maximise the dryer’s efficiency so you are not using it any longer than you need to.
3. Don’t Use Hot Water in Your Washing Machine
Apart from avoiding shrinking your clothes, using only cold water washing cycles will save on electricity as you are not heating up water for the machine. According to the website for the Victorian State Government Environment, Water and Planning Department, turning off the hot water on your washing machine could save $115 per year in electricity costs.
4. Use Your Microwave
A microwave uses far less energy than an electric oven so it is worthwhile using it when appropriate.
If you are buying a new microwave opt for one without a clock so it is not consuming energy while not in use. Also defrost your frozen food in the fridge before cooking rather than using the microwave to do it.
5. Turn Appliances Off Between Uses
Many appliances, such as computers or printers, have a stand by mode that you can use to reduce the amount of electricity being consumed when you are not using the appliance. The problem is, it does mean the appliances are still using some energy all the time.
Even a phone charger will continue to use electricity if left plugged in even without the phone attached.
Completely shutting down your appliances or turning them off at the wall socket will ensure you are not using any electricity unnecessarily when these appliances are not needed.
The Victorian State Government Environment, Water and Planning Department’s website says that appliances on stand by account for up to 10% of a household’s total electricity use.