Your prices are outrageous, reading your bill is confusing, not to mention that your energy company sure doesn’t place a priority on clear, concise communication. Finding some cheap electricity sometimes feels like an awful nightmare.
No need to be afraid though. The monster in this nightmare is an Electricity Monster, and it’s here to help. We’ve scoured our resources and to bring you a detailed showcase of real tips you can use to help reduce your electricity bill.
There are so many places you can squeeze some savings out of. Remember calling Electricity Monster on 1300 232 848 is one of the quickest and easiest ways to do it! Or you could submit your details in the form above!
1. Sort out your lighting!
What do you call a light bulb shining in an empty room? Useless. Turn them off when you’re not using them. Better yet, try to get your hands on some more energy efficient bulbs. LED bulbs are worth investigating.
They use 75% less energy and last 25 times longer than regular incandescent bulbs, and they produce a better quality of light. Once you’re all set with your energy efficient bulbs, it’s time to get a bit more cunning about how you deploy them.
This means that if you don’t have a dimmer switch, consider getting one. If you do have a dimmer switch, then use it. Dimmer switches reduce wattage, which reduces usage, which produces savings. And who doesn’t like a bit of mood lighting?
The next step is to be a bit smarter than the next guy when it comes to how you use your lighting. Massive ceiling lights burn through power like nobody’s business. Try switching to task lighting.
A desk lamp for when you’re reading of an evening, counter lighting in the kitchen and everyone knows movie night is better in the dark. These smalls steps can add up and could lead to you slashing your electricity bill.
And hey, if it’s a sunny day, kill the lights and open the curtains. An open window can illuminate 20 to 100 times its area, so let that sunshine in.
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2. Become a savings whizz in the kitchen!
Think about how much is going on in your kitchen. Stove, microwave, fridge, maybe a blender or toaster. The kitchen is one of the biggest electrical hubs in your householdand one of the best places to start looking for ways to save energy.
First of all, take a look at your fridge. Make sure that seal is airtight. A leaky seal places extra stress on your fridge’s motor, forcing it to work harder to keep your fridge cool. This eats up energy and that costs money.
Here’s a great way to check if your seal is working correctly:
- Stick a banknote in the door and close it shut
- If you can pull the note out without any effort, then your seal is getting old and might need replacing.
Once you’ve got an excellent new seal, start thawing food in the fridge overnight or in the morning. Your fridge is going to be running anyway, so sticking your frozen food in there will ease the burden on your microwave or stove.
It’s also worthwhile to clean the coils of your fridge. Cleaning them can increase the efficiency of your refrigerator from anywhere from 30% to 50%. That’s keeping your food fresh, what about cooking it up?
When it comes to cooking your food, the key is to reduce your cooking time. If your food is microwavable, then use your microwave! It uses significantly less energy than your stove. If you are using your stovetop, make sure you keep lids on your pots and pans.
Doing this will reduce cooking times and your electricity. So get fat and get saving!
3. Take a look at your thermostat!
Your thermostat is the heat centre of your home, but when was the last time you even looked at it? An improperly functioning or poorly programmed thermostat could be costing you money. If you have a central heating system, try to set your thermostat to 26 degrees or above in the summer and between 18 and 20 degrees in the winter.
Every degree you set it above 20 can add an extra 10% to your energy bill. Meanwhile, throwing on a warm jersey costs you nothing! Also maybe think about switching to a smart thermostat. Those old thermostats are imprecise, whereas the more modern fully programmable thermostats could reduce your bill by 10%.
4. Step up your dishwasher game!
You might think that the best way to save money in regards to your dishwasher is not to use it at all. You might be wrong. According to the California Energy Commission, using a quality, energy star qualified dishwasher could save you up to 5000 gallons (19,000 litres!) of water a year.
19,000 litres of water is 19,000 litres of utility charges that you don’t have to pay. The next step is to air dry your dishes. Avoid that heat dry cycle, crack the door open and let your dishes dry. The heat dry cycle is offensively energy taxing, whereas allowing them to air dry is significantly more efficient.
Finally, learn to load your dishes correctly, so that they get nice and clean the first time, not the third time.
5. Compare electricity rates!
Here in Australia, there are many different electricity companies to choose from when it comes to how you get your power. If you want to reduce your electricity bill, you should investigate the available options.
Some companies offer competitive rates that might be more affordable than the plan offered by your current electricity provider. If you’re interested in finding a way to save on your electricity bill, consider checking out the providers we have available here at Electricity Monster!
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Just make one phone call to 1300 232 848, and speak to a member of our team.
6. Master your laundry!
Your washer and dryer work hard. It’s time for them to work smart. First of all, make sure your laundry appliances are up to date and energy efficient. An old dryer or washing machine won’t be operating at peak performance.
If it’s not operating at peak performance, it costs you money. Once you’re running the bleeding edge of dirt removal technology its time to keep that tech in tip-top shape. Clean out your lint trap every time you use your dryer. This helps it run more efficiently, and efficiency saves you money.
As for your washing machine, clean your clothes on the cold water setting, and save on utility costs. There’s always the option of hanging your clothes on the clothesline like your grandma used to. A clothesline uses no power and is just as “set and forget” as a dry!
7. Reduce waste in the bathroom!
Few things in life can compare to a nice hot shower. But how long are you spending in the shower? Be honest. Are you getting that much cleaner from those extra 15 minutes you spend just standing under the water?
Taking ten-minute showers rather than half hour showers can reduce your water usage significantly! That extra soak in the shower can add up over the course of a year. You should also try switching to a low flow showerhead.
A low flow showerhead uses less water. When you couple that with a ten-minute shower you can reduce your water usage significantly. Other ways you can reduce your water usage in the bathroom is to turn off the tap when you’re brushing your teeth or shaving.
There’s no need to keep it on, is there? Just turning it off can reduce your water usage over the course of a year.
8. Upgrade your powerboard!
If you’re still using the standard powerboard to hook up all your devices you’re probably wasting energy. These old and outdated models can’t compare to the new smart docking stations that are now widely available.
Invest in a something like this. These smart outlets can help reduce how energy you’re wasting when you leave your devices on standby. You should also think about turning your appliances and devices off completely, as devices on standby still use power.
Turning them off before you go to bed is a simple way to save while you sleep. You don’t really need your TV at 3 in the morning anyway!
9. Get your home insulated
An insulated home is worth its weight in gold. Thankfully it won’t anywhere near that. Insulation keeps your home cool in the summer and warm in the winter, meaning that you don’t need to use your AC or central heating to keep the house comfortable.
One area you should pay particular attention to is your roof., Your roof is one of the major areas heat loss occurs in your home, by insulating it you’re preventing air from escaping throughout the day.
If your home is already insulated, check to make sure you’ve got quality insulation in there. Different types of insulation have different ratings, which means they should only be used in certain areas of the home. So as with everything in life a little bit of research can’t hurt, especially if it’s so you can save a lot of money in the long term,
10. Seriously consider solar as a way to reduce your electricity bill!
Do you want to take your energy needs into your own hands? Want to take a big slice out of your electricity bill? Solar is booming in Australia. It’s not a gimmick, and it’s not a fad.
There are real savings to be had by going with solar, and let’s be real, in a nation bathed in sunshine, shouldn’t we be making the most of it? Even a small and simple solar setup can knock some serious dollars off your electricity bill and put you back in control of your energy supply.
Here at Monster Group, we have some fantastic finance options available. The way we’ve worked it out means that savings are more than the cost to get the panels installed, so you’ll be saving right away!
Our partner’s solar panels come with a 25-year guarantee as well, so you really can’t afford to miss out!
Compare electricity retailers with Electricity Monster for free!
Let’s say you’ve done all this and you’re still not seeing the savings you want. The time has come to compare electricity suppliers. We offer a 100% free service.
Here’s how we work:
We compare electricity suppliers in your area and find the most cost-effective rate for your home or business.
Once we’ve found an available plan that leaves you better off, we handle the changeover to your new electricity company. Shortly afterwards you’ll receive a welcome pack from your new provider, and there will be no disruption to your power. The whole thing can be taken care of in as little as fifteen minutes.
Here at Electricity Monster we can even help you get your power connected, depending on your state we might be able to arrange an urgent electricity connection as well.
When the time comes to renew your current energy contract, drop us another line, and we can do it again. Every time. Electricity Monster is your electricity broker, for life, for free.
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So don’t delay, give us a call on 1300 232 848 today and let us help you find the sharpest rate in your state.
Written by Ethan Rodgers
June 14, 2018