How to save on energy when you live in a share house
Created: Wed, 6 Nov 2019
If you're in a share house and you're broke, Electricity Bills are a real buzz kill! While we may not be able to help your money situation (although, if you test your EnergyIQ you might be able to save yourself some money) we can help you with saving a little energy now and then.
Here are some simple things you can do to lower your household energy usage, helping save both the planet and money in the process:
1. Cook meals together
If you cook dinner with your housemates once or twice a week, you'll only need to use the oven or gas stove for one meal rather than several, and you'll save on groceries, too! This is an easy, fun and cost-effective way to save on energy while sharpening your cooking and social skills.
2. Use the dishwasher
Yep, we said it. Using the dishwasher consumes less water and energy than hand-washing your dishes, especially if you're all cooking your meals separately. If you all stack your dishes over the course of a night then you can simply run a full load once everyone is finished and heading off to bed. You could save even more if you have a high energy star rating as well!
3. Use energy-efficient appliances
That second-hand fridge might seem like a bargain, but take a look at the energy rating before lugging it home. There's no point buying a cheap appliance if it's only going to burn through electricity. Look for appliances with an energy star rating of three or more.
4. Be smart about how you keep cool
Did you know Aussies spend roughly $4.6 billion on air conditioning each year!
If your share house has an air conditioning unit, it can be tempting to blast it as the day starts heating up but this can blow up your electricity bill at the end of the month or quarter.
Instead of using air con, use fans, take a cold shower to cool down and keep your blinds drawn during the day to keep the heat out. But if you do choose to use aircon, keep it at an economical temperature of 25 degrees.
5. Hang your clothes out (not in the dryer)
You might turn to the dryer when you're running late for work and about to leave the house as a quick fix, but it consumes a lot of power. If your housemates do the same, then your electricity bill is sure to rack up.
If you don't have a clothes line, invest in a clothes horse and start hanging.
You can convince your housemates it's a good idea to hang their washing at the start of the day when there's still plenty of time for it to dry. We all know there's rarely a good excuse to use the dryer over summer, especially down under!
Cutting down on your share houses energy usage is much easier than you think. A few simple tweaks here and there to the way you cook, clean and wash can make a big difference to your next electricity bill. You just have to get everyone to pitch in and work together!
Author: Ross from EnergyIQ