New Year’s Day in Australia is a day of celebration!
More importantly, it’s the time for a new beginning.
What it also means is it’s time to get rid of the bad habits that have caused many Australian’s distress from the electricity grid.
Indeed this New Year’s Day is the first page of a 365-page epic of your life!
Electricity use is often seen as a headache for average Aussie homes and businesses.
It has not helped that government ineffectiveness, and price gouging by retailers has seen electricity prices rise by 100%1 over the past decade!
So what can you do to reduce your electricity demand from this day onward?
A look at some of our easy-to-adopt resolutions may provide you with the inspiration you needed to cut costs and stay on top of prices!
In any case, try to adopt at least a couple of our resolutions and set up a truly wonderful year.
1. Time to Shop Around For Better Deals
It’s a new year, and perhaps it’s time to move onto new electricity, gas or even internet provider.
Discounts keep changing, so you’ve got to stay on top of everything to get a sharp rate.
Want some professional help in getting that done?
Electricity Monster can compare power, gas and broadband providers in your location and could find you a more cost-effective rate.
Our brokers will discuss your energy needs and find you the best deals we have available from our premium partners.
This New Year, start comparing providers and choose a great plan!
Call us on 1300 232 848 or submit your details below and you’ll see the benefits of our 100% Free Service!
2. Time For An Energy Audit
Look around your home or business. Do you feel a niggling doubt that something seems off?
Does it feel like no matter what you do to cut energy use, the benefits never show up on your energy bill?
Your property may have some big problems that are going completely under the radar.
By nipping these issues in the bud and increasing your awareness of existing problems, you can create some massive savings.
With an energy audit, you no longer have to fly blind for another second.
An energy audit can find if there are poorly insulated areas within your property that are allowing heating or cooling to escape.
You can also find out if your large appliances are malfunctioning or if your lighting can be more energy-efficient.
Mostly, an energy audit will highlight areas for improvement and show you how to make minor changes.
By all means, there could be some in-depth insights provided when a professional energy auditor views your premises.
3. Time to Take A Look At Your Devices
Don’t break the bank but it may be time to upgrade your large appliances.
Take a quick look at the larger appliances around your business or household.
How old do you reckon they may be?
As your appliances age, their energy efficiency rating gets taken to the cleaners!
Energy Star, the U.S. Government-based efficiency program, says that homes that use newer appliances with an ‘Energy Star’ rating can save about $800 a year.
Making a simple switch to LED lighting, investing in an inverter water heater or even an energy-efficient fridge can make a big difference in your electricity bill this year!
4. Look At Gas Closely
The per unit usage cost of gas is much lower than the per unit usage cost of electricity, meaning you could find some savings.
You might be better off with switching to appliances that run on gas, as you can control your dependence on the costly electricity grid.
Ultimately, the decision to switch to gas depends on the usage needs of your property and affordability to invest in setting up new appliances.
Want a better deal on your gas? Electricity Monster can help you with that, so call us!
5. Phantom Energy Is A Real Monster
Around your home or business, there are a ton of machines that are connected to power outlets.
Those devices may be toasters, televisions, coffee-machines, CPUs and microwaves.
Phantom power is a real phenomenon where your appliances keep using a limited amount of electricity as long as they are connected to a power outlet.
Want a simple to follow resolution this new year?
Use a surge board to connect all the appliances that can be switched off when not in use.
Switch it off when going to bed or leaving your home or office and you could quickly be saving up to 15% a year on some devices!
6. Time To Consider Solar
As electricity costs skyrocket, staying on the electricity grid is becoming very expensive for average Aussies!
Today, on a per-capita basis, Australia has the most homes with rooftop solar panels on the planet.
Can more than two million Australian homes who have adopted solar on their rooftops be wrong?
Millions of Australians are jumping at the chance to reduce costs.
Through a feed-in tariff, homes and businesses are getting repaid for the electricity they send back to the grid.
Solar may be the smartest investment you can make for your home this new year!
Want to declare your independence this new year?
Installing solar panels on your roof can put you back in charge of your electricity costs.
Just make sure you go for an installer that provides good reviews, long warranties and won’t cut any corners in your installation, which is dangerous.
Over the long run, a good solar system will recover your installation costs in a few years due to its efficiency.
A recent national audit report2 found that over a quarter of all solar installations had a risk of causing death.
Your installation should be seamless and smooth to bring you the savings you desire, faster.
Finally, from the entire team at Electricity Monster, we wish you a very prosperous and splendid 2019!
1 ABC News story published on July 18, 2018, “Chart of the day: Something has gone terribly wrong with electricity prices.”
2 The Australian story published on December 20, 2018, “Warning of deaths over solar panel installations.”
December 21, 2018