Shocked with such dramatic price rises, I have been forced to look for strategies to reduce my electricity costs.
Here are some tips I’d like to share:
1. Cut down on general electricity use
There are a number of simple steps that can be taken to try to reduce electricity including, turning lights off when not in a room; unplugging seldom-used appliances and chargers; wearing more clothing, wrapping yourself in a blanket or climbing into bed instead of turning on heaters; hand washing dishes instead of using the dishwasher; try hand washing clothes occasionally and cut out using the clothes dryer; limit showers to shorter time periods; set computers to ‘sleep’ or ‘hibernate’ modes and switch off all other appliances like toasters, kettles and microwave ovens at the power point when not in use.
2. Cut down on water usage
Get an egg timer for the bathroom and limit the time spent under the shower. Unless you like cold showers! As mentioned earlier try washing clothes and dishes by hand too.
3. Be aware of stand-by modes
While newer products are getting smarter by using less standby power, there are still many individual products that use more power in low power modes than is required to perform it's designed function. You may want to think about avoiding the use of stand-by power options on appliances, home entertainment and office equipment, including televisions, game consoles and computers.
4. Explore a power monitor
Now days you can purchase monitors that can identify which home appliances and systems are operating inefficiently allowing the occupants to change their habits or the ineffective appliance.
Dealing with consistently rising electricity prices is evidently an issue that many Australians are facing. However, through making some minor adjustments to how we currently use electricity by changing our habits and behaviours there are ways to reduce household electricity costs.