For many households, power bills are financially crippling, and the pain is about to get worse.
Yesterday, the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal announced that electricity prices would rise by up to 21 percent from July 1 – or about $7 a week – due in part to the carbon tax and the cost of renewable energy schemes, along with heavy spending to upgrade the power network.
Here 15 things you can do to around your home to save money on your bill.
1. Unplug the toaster, the coffee maker, or any other appliances when not in use.
2. Wash clothes in cold water then run them through a second spin cycle. Hang to dry.
3. Use the microwave or a gas grill. Heating up an electric oven uses a lot of energy.
4. Turn off the heated dry setting on the dishwasher. Washing dishes by hand takes some time, but can save money.
5. Install energy saving light bulbs.
6. Some electric companies will average your usage. Keeping up with the meter readings will allow you to contest the bill if it’s incorrect.
7. Find out what your electricity provider considers peak times and wash clothes and run the dishwasher during the off-peak hours. Also set heater for the off-peak times on a timer.
8. Educate children… children are sometimes at fault by leaving on lights, computers, televisions and radios. Encourage them to turn them off when they’re not needed.
9. If the doors are drafty, install seals around the facing. Bring back the old-fashioned draft excluders or place rolled-up towels at the bottom of the doors to keep in the heat.
10. Rolled-up towels also work well in windowsills to keep drafts at a minimum.
11. One of the biggest places that you lose the battle of hot air escaping from your home is where you enter your attic. Those little doors and drop down stairs are horrible energy wasters. One of the best ways that you can save on your electric bill and fix the problem is by installing an attic tent that securely fits over the hatch, and you can zip and unzip it to enter your attic when needed.
12. Keep curtains and shades down to help keep the heat in the house at night.
13. Only boil as much water as you need in your electric kettle.
14. Put on an extra jumper or three… and try to make it wool which is much warmer than acrylic.
15. Have your house fitted with solar panels.
Let’s hear from you. Surely you have some more to add.