Shrink Your Energy Bill Today
Here’s How to Do It!
With the cost of energy only ever going in one direction, it’s more important than ever to be conscious of your energy efficiency. To put you on the path to energy enlightenment, we’ve assembled a list of top tips to help take the sting out of your bill.
- Savings unplugged
- Did you know that in your home, the majority of your electronic appliances continue to consume energy even when you're not using them? One of the major culprits in this category is the mobile phone charger, which continues to draw power when your phone is fully charged and even when it is no longer plugged into your device.In light of this, it’s important to turn off and unplug electronic equipment when it’s not in use. A handy way to do this is to plug home electronics into a multi-socket adapter and unplug the adapter when not in use.
- Next time you shell out on some new household electronics or appliances, be sure to keep an eye out for energy efficiency labels. Televisions, mobile phones and refrigerators are some of the main products to look out for. If you’re lucky enough to be considering a computer upgrade, it could be worth considering a laptop as they use far less energy than desktop computers
- Lights out
- It’s a good idea to get into the habit of turning off lights when you leave a room. An even better habit is to buy Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs (CFLs) rather than the typical incandescent bulbs. CFLs use up to two thirds less energy and can last up to 10 times longer.
- Hot water
- To save on the cost of heating water, try to take five-minute showers rather than baths – but keep in mind, a power shower can go through a lot of water very quickly so stick to the five minutes! Ensure you do only full loads when using a washing machine or dishwasher. Where possible, try to stick to cold water cycles for washing clothes. Using cold-water detergents typically gets clothes just as clean.
- Don’t wait, insulate!
- To make the most of the heating you do pay for, ensure that your home is properly insulated. Seal up the cracks and crevasses by weatherstripping doors and windows. Windows alone can have a major impact on the cost of heating your home – if you’ve got single pane windows, consider replacing them with energy efficient windows, they’ll pay for themselves in no time!
Don’t get a shock when your next energy bill arrives, stick with the tips above and see how much you can save! If you’d like to make even more household savings, why not give us a call and see how much we can help you can save on home insurance? Just hit Get a Quote now or give us a call on 1890 30 20 20.