With electricity bills skyrocketing, it’s essential that homeowners consider ways to sensibly reduce their electricity usage. By cutting back on your power consumption, you’ll be able to enjoy a number of immediate and future benefits. Even minor changes can result in significant savings. Of course, being smarter about your energy usage isn’t merely about lowering your bills, it’s about helping the environment.
The following is a list of quick and easy ways you can help reduce your energy usage around the home.
Implement Renewable Energy Solutions
Our government places great emphasis on the use of renewable energy solutions, such as solar power. Enjoying the benefits of solar in your home is as easy as having solar panels erected and Grid-Connected Solar PV System installed. By integrating a modern solar power system into your residence, you’re reducing your household’s dependency on traditional power, helping to create a more viable future for our climate.
Buy Energy-Efficient Appliances
According to the Australian Government’s Your Energy Savings website, up to 30% of your household’s energy is attributed to appliances. For this reason, buying energy-efficient appliances can have a big impact on your power bills. When buying a new electric appliance, always refer to it’s Energy Rating Label to help you identify it’s efficiency. The rating is on a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the most efficient and 1 being the least economical.
Opting to buy energy-efficient products however, is only part of the solution. Equally important is the manner in which the device is used. For example, electing to wash your clothes with cold water can use several times less power than warm water. Be sure to switch off devices completely when not in use. Many electrical items such as televisions, stereos and computer monitors still use power when in idle mode.
Purchase High Quality Insulation
While most new houses now have suitable insulation, many earlier properties do not, leading to heightened energy consumption. To help minimise heating and cooling costs, It’s imperative that high quality insulation is installed in the ceilings, under floors, around heating conduits and that all central heating / air-conditioning units are energy-efficient. To make the most of home insulation, install windows that comply with the Windows Energy Rating Scheme (WERS). Like the appliances, these are specially windows that guarantee maximum efficiency.
When living in a warm climate such as Queensland’s, the swimming pool is an indispensable feature of every home. It also happens to be one of the most power hungry fixtures, with swimming pools accounting for anywhere up to 30% of your annual electricity bills, primarily due to the year round usage of the pool pump. For this reason, choosing the best pool pump for your needs can have a substantial positive effect on your energy consumption, thereby also reducing your electrical bills.