Top 9 ways to save on energy (and money) in your home
Created: Mon, 8 Jun 2020
Winter for many means shaking out the winter coat but it can also mean higher energy bills! We've put together our top 9 energy saving areas in your home that could help you use your appliances more efficiently and save you money.
Winter for many means shaking out the winter coat and rugging up with blankets and hot water bottles around the home. But for many others, it can also mean higher energy bills.
Increased use of heating and time spent at home working can mean increased winter bills for many Australian households.
So, we put together our top 9 ways to save on energy around the home that could help you to use your appliances more efficiently and hopefully save you some money this winter.
1. Draughty Home? Insulate.
Improving your home’s insulation by reducing draughts can reduce heat loss in winter. If you’ve got the cash to throw around, double glazing windows, underfloor insulation and roof insulation all help improve temperature regulation in your home. If you don’t have the cash to spare, draw the curtains to keep the winter chill out, invest in a door snake or two and a floor rug if you have wooden floors.
2. Switch your energy provider
For many Australians, comparing and shopping around for Energy Providers isn’t common practice but it should be! And now that renewable energy is cheaper, it’s even more important to do so. Thankfully EnergyIQ.co makes it easy to not just compare, but they also take care of the switch, too.
Simply upload a recent energy bill and you will be matched with the available Energy Providers and how much you could save by switching.
What makes this even better is that for a long time switching providers has been slow and clunky. (Do you remember all those times you were put on hold?) But not anymore. Switching providers with EnergyIQ.co takes less than 3 minutes!
3. Install solar
Did you know there's enough solar energy hitting the Earth every hour to meet all of humanity's power needs for an entire year! Sure, your home can’t capture all of that power but it can capture enough to energise your home and significantly reduce your energy bill.
By using the solar energy generated by your home, you can save money and reduce your carbon emissions. Plus for any solar energy you don’t use that is exported back into the grid (where every Australian households energy comes from), you will receive a credit from your Energy Provider.
Replace old halogen or incandescent bulbs with LEDs - an old tip, but a good one. LEDs can use up to 80% less energy than halogens1, so the cost of the replacement is well worth the reward.
If you’re renting, this is one simple change that doesn’t require permission from your landlord. But remember, even though LEDs use approximately 80% less energy, it’s still important to always switch off the lights when you leave the room.
5. Track your usage
Simply being able to track your home energy usage can help you identify which of your appliances use the most energy, giving you the power to change how you use them.
Many of our future-focused Energy Retailers (Powershop, Nectr, Amber and OVO Energy have apps so their customers can track their usage (and spend). Upload a recent bill to EnergyIQ and see what they can offer you and how much you could save by switching (before you even start tracking your usage).
6. Check energy ratings
A fancy new appliance might look nice on your bench but if you don’t compare energy ratings at the time of purchase, it could be costing you a lot more than you initially paid.
Replacing less efficient appliances is a smart move. If you’re not in a position to replace for more energy-efficient appliances, then limit use as best you can.
7. Water heating
A solar hot water system or a more modern and efficient electric system could save you money.
BUT we get it, the budget doesn’t always stretch that far so instead you could reduce the time you spend in the shower and stick to cold water in your washing machine.
8. Tweak your behaviour
There are a few things you can do each day that will help reduce your energy bills:
- dry clothes in the sun rather than in the dryer;
- don't leave your appliances on standby - turn them off at the wall;
- when you leave a room, turn the lights off; and
- wait till you have a full load of laundry before turning the washing machine on.
9. Heating & Cooling
Reverse cycle air-conditioning is more efficient than most electric heaters and a lot more efficient than gas heating. If you’re in the market for a new aircon, we recommend installing reverse-cycle air-conditioning for heating and cooling.
If your budget can’t stretch for a new aircon pull on some extra thick or fuzzy socks and a jersey or hoodie on chilly days before turning the heater on.
Already have one? Set the temperature to between 21 - 23°C in winter to run your aircon efficiently.
Author: Ross from EnergyIQ