How you can reduce your electricity bill
Want to reduce your next electricity bill?
Follow these simple easy to implement ideas and you could greatly reduce you next power bill.
In the Living Room & Bedrooms
- Switch appliances off at the wall TVs, DVD players, computers, stereos and game consoles still use energy in standby mode, when not in use.
- Use a power board to supply electricity to multiple appliances at the same time this allows you to switch off all appliances using the same switch.
- Use lamps or spotlights if you only need a small amount of light, instead of main lights.
- Use energy-saving light globes change your old light globes to compact fluorescent ones. Better still swap over for LED not only are they energy efficient but save money on replacement bulbs.
- How many lights are on? Turn off lights in the rooms you’re not using.
In the Laundry
Washing & Drying Clothes
- Only run the washing machine with a full load.
- Use cold water to wash clothes.
- Spin them thoroughly before drying.
- Use a clothesline instead of a dryer wherever possible.
- Only use a dryer with a full load.
- Clothes should never be placed in the dryer dripping wet
- Keep the lint filter clean
- Don’t over dry set your timer correctly.
In the Kitchen
- Thaw food in the fridge first to reduce cooking time.
- Microwaves use less energy than an oven.
- When using an oven, avoid continuously opening the door.
- When using the stove-top keep lids on pots whilst cooking to reduce the amount of time and energy used. Dinner will also cook quicker this way.
- When boiling water use an electric kettle rather than the stove and only boil what you need.
- For dishwashers use the economy cycle for everyday washing and only run the dishwasher when it’s full. This helps save water too.
- Fridge and freezer, set your fridge temperature to 4-5 degrees and your freezer temperature between -15 and -18 degrees Celsius.
- Keep fridges and freezers in a cool, well-ventilated spot away from the oven and the sun to save electricity.
- Keep a five-centimeter gap around your fridge so air can circulate freely.
In the Bathroom
- Installing water-saving shower heads in your home will reduce the amount of hot water and energy used.
- Shorten showers to less than five minutes.
- Switch off appliances such as hairdryers, electric toothbrushes and radios at the wall.
- Check pressure releif valve on your hot water system for leaks.
- Use programmable timers and sensors to light outside areas.
- Use solar power consider using outdoor solar lights for your garden or outdoor areas.
- Separate the lights so you can choose which areas to light up.
- Only have on lights when they are needed.
Cooling and Heating
- Close the doors to unused rooms to reduce the area you need to cool or heat.
- Keep curtains and outside window shades closed to reduce the amount of energy needed to maintain a consistent temperature inside.
- Rather than heat your bedroom, add another blanket to your bed or use an electric blanket, wheat bag or hot water bottle.
- Clean your air conditioner or cooler so it doesn’t use as much energy to run.
- Turn off your cooling or heating overnight and when you’re not home.