There are lots of ways you can use less energy around your home, by simple changes in your daily routine. The diagram below shows the energy usage around your home and the categories that use the most energy or power around the home.
Reduce your use between 4pm and 8pm
The most recommended change you can make is to reduce your use between 4pm and 8pm. Western Australia’s electricity consumption continues to rise as home and businesses continue to use more electricity powered technology. Think about how many televisions and mobile devices you have at home. When you get home from work or school our community’s energy consumption increases as we turn on our televisions, air conditioners and other appliances.
Demand for electricity typically reaches its highest level between 4pm and 8pm. Here are some ideas on how to save power during those times:
Reduce appliance use: avoid using washing machines, dryers or any other major appliance during peak times between 4pm and 8pm.
Reduce pool pump use: unless you are swimming, avoid running your pump between 4pm and 8pm. Use a timer and reduce operating times during winter.
Other Simple Changes
By approaching the months ahead with a different perspective you could establish some power saving habits that may help to reduce your power bill. Below are some great ideas to help reduce your power bill.
1. Change the Light Bulbs
Compact fluorescent globes or energy efficient light bulbs produce the same light as old-style globes but cost less to run. One 15 watt CFL does the same job as six 75 watt globes. Energy efficient lights can last up to 8 times longer than standard globes.
2. Turn off the Lights
Lighting counts for around 11% of an average Australian households electricity use. As practical as it seems, not many people switch off lights in rooms that are not in use. It is simple, turn the light off in rooms that are not in use or consider installing a timer or movement sensors as opposed to leaving lights on for long periods.
3. Shorter Showers
The power used by an electric hot water system may account for 17% of the average household’s power use. Taking shorter showers is a simple way to use less power, by cutting your shower by 4 minutes and encouraging other members in your household can save $170pa on power bills.
4. Make use of natural light
Open up your blinds and curtains to let in some sunshine and kept the lights off – and natural light is free!
5. Water Efficiency
Fitting a water efficient shower head can halve the water use.
6. Keep the heat in
18% of an average household’s electricity consumption comes from heating and or cooling their home. When heating a room, shut windows and doors into other rooms and close blinds and curtains. Heating and cooling the home slowly is much more efficient – turn it on earlier rather than switching it on for ‘instant’ comfort.
Always consider the energy star ratings when purchasing new appliances, a four star rating or higher is best.
7. Laundry and other appliances
Reducing hot water usage adds up to real power savings; by washing in cold water you could save $160 pa. Washing machines, dryers and other laundry appliances can add up to roughly 10% of energy consumption. Only use cold water in your washing machine whenever possible and only use the washing machine if it’s a full load. Use the sun and wind to line dry your clothes. If you use a dryer clean the lint filter after each use for better efficiency.
Using the line instead of the dryer could save you $95 pa.
8. Switch off appliances at the source
Stand by appliances use power when you’re not actually using them. TV’s, DVD’s, stereos, computers and phone chargers all use power when they are plugged in. By switching appliance off at the wall you can save money.
Alternatively if you would prefer to flick one switch, refer to our energy efficient products page for information on Eco Saver Power boards. Use the power board to switch everything off at once.
Leaving a second fridge running could be costing you more than you think – $230pa.
Check your fridge is running at the optimum temperature of between 3 and 5 degrees C. Try not to overstock your refrigerator or freezer as this will affect the amount of energy required to keep it cool.
10. Switch to Solar
Make an investment in your future by changing to a Solar PV System, which uses energy from the sun. The initial cost may be higher than electric, but going solar can reduce your power bill and off set greenhouse gas emissions.