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7 energy saving tips to beat rising energy prices

Whether it’s winter or summer energy costs that you are looking to reduce, these simple tips from an electrician may help you to reduce the costs — and save!

  1. Swap energy suppliers – Give your energy retailer a call and benchmark the price against other energy retailer prices.
  2. Energy-efficient lights – With the sun coming up later and going down earlier, the use of lighting in your home increases energy usage. Swapping light globes to LED (Light Emitting Diodes) can save you up to 70% on your energy costs overall.
  3. Hot water – When using a storage hot water system, make sure you’re using Off Peak energy. The retailer will be able to provide this information.
  4. Insulate the home – Keep the heat in by shutting curtains, use door snakes to stop draughts of cold air, seal cracks or gaps around windows, doors, chimneys, lay rugs to reduce heat loss and help insulate the area from underneath.
  5. Heating the Bed – The old hot water bottle to heat your bed and flannelette sheets vs your electric blanket sucking your dollars while you sleep. We’ll let you decide on that one.
  6. Small plug-in heater vs reverse cycle heater – we have all seen small electric heaters extremely cheap to buy, but be aware that they are up to 3 times more expensive to run than a reverse cycle heater.
  7. The obvious – Avoid the dryer and utilise a portable clothes line in a warm part if the home, cull the garage fridge and only heat areas with high people traffic.

Energy conservation can be as simple as turning off lights or appliances when you do not need them. A small note posted above the light switch (see cute main image) in a room as a reminder, can get the ball rolling. Encourage your kids to get into the habit of doing this too, as this simple action can save a lot over time and is a good habit for their future!