Auswell Energy shares 10 simple tips on how you can save money this summer.
Summertime is notorious for expensive electricity bills. The energy you use to keep cool can add up, so here are some tips to save money on your power bills this summer.
1. Control the air conditioner
Air conditioning is one of the biggest reasons why Australian households use up a lot of electricity. So, it would be a massive waste if all that cool air went where you didn’t want it to go.
Control how your house is being cooled by closing all windows and doors to rooms that aren’t being used. If you’re still experiencing leaks, find out where that is and seal it up (e.g., placing a rolled-up towel at the bottom of a door).
It’s also best to run your air conditioner at around 25°C on a low fan instead of blasting the house with cold air. Working your air conditioner overtime isn’t going to save you money, so also consider if you want to cool down the room or cool yourself down. If the answer is the latter, then turn on a fan; fans use up way less energy than air conditioning.
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2. Service your applications
Old appliances that may be falling apart in subtle ways can cost you more on your electricity bills. There are a few things you should check:
- The seal on your fridge door – If your fridge is leaking cold air, it’s probably working overtime to keep your food safe to eat. Replacing that seal is also more cost-effective than buying another fridge.
- Clean out filters – In your washing machine, dishwasher, and air conditioner. A build-up of dust or muck can reduce the efficiency of these appliances and cause them to work overtime to perform their tasks. This of course uses more energy, so keeping these filters clean and clear can help these appliances perform better (and get rid of any funky smells in your home).
3. Pay attention to the stars
If you’re shopping around for new appliances, look out for the energy rating. Appliances with a higher energy rating are more expensive, but an appliance with a low energy rating will end up costing you more in the long run.
4. Make the most of the cooler evenings
Once the sun has set, our Aussie roads get to cool down a little. Make the most of these cooler hours of the day and take dinner outdoors. This gives you an excuse to turn off unused lights and appliances and escape the heat that’s trapped indoors.
5. Approach laundry days more wisely
You may not like letting your laundry pile up, but it’s going to save you more money to run the washing machine less often. Having a designated laundry day or even just waiting for a significant load of laundry is better for your wallet and the environment.
Use cold water, choose the shortest wash cycle possible, and try to avoid using the dryer and make the most of that beautiful summer sun.
6. Prep your food safely
Instead of thawing your meats in the microwave, plan ahead and put any meat you want to cook for dinner in the fridge. This way you will have evenly thawed food.
7. Turn everything off
If you’re not using it, turn it off. For example, turn the light off when you leave a room or turn off all appliances at the wall before you go to bed or leave the house. Appliances use electricity even when on standby mode.
8. Install roof installation
The one part of your house that sees the sun all day long is your roof, so it makes sense that you want to limit as much heat transfer from that part of the house. If your house doesn’t have it, consider installing roof insulation. It will keep your house cool during summer and warm during winter.
9. Install solar panels
Summertime is the best time for solar panels. Because of the long days, solar panels produce more energy which you can use to power your home for longer instead of buying from the grid.
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