We’ve all seen our electricity bills increase in price over the past several years. In fact, a report from the Australian Consumer watchdog found that in the last decade our electricity bills have increased by more than 60 per cent. But what can you do?
We’ve collated some big home projects you can do this summer to reduce your energy usage and drop your electricity bill.
Invest in insulation
Insulating your ceiling, floors and walls along with air sealing will help keep your house cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Increasing your home's insulation is one of the fastest and most cost-effective ways to reduce your electricity bill.
Think about your windows
Did you know that 10 to 25 per cent of your heating and cooling costs might be flying right out your windows? Windows can let in or leak away up to 40 per cent of your home heating or cooling energy. You can reduce this loss by up to 80 per cent by choosing energy-efficient windows such as double glazed or window films.
dd window coverings like heavy curtains, pelmets, blinds, external awnings or shutters. Window coverings will both block the outside temperature and stop your house from losing its comfortable inside temperature.
Don’t forget your doors
Your home’s exterior doors can contribute significantly to air leakage, and can also waste energy through conduction, especially if it's old, uninsulated, improperly installed, and/or improperly air sealed.
If upgrading your doors, go for insulated steel and fibreglass doors as they are more energy-efficient.
Also, check your current doors are insulated and sealed correctly.
Harness the sun
Add solar panels to your roof and create your own electricity. With a smart monitoring program like Reposit first, know when to turn on your most power hungry appliances such as your air conditioner and dishwasher to get the best value from the electricity you’re generating.
Reduce your power bills by tracking how and when your family uses energy and identify how to use your energy more efficiently with smart monitoring software.
Energy Efficient Appliances
Did you know appliances contribute up to 30 per cent of your electricity bill? Look for energy efficiency ratings when upgrading your appliances – the more stars the better! The energy rating label will arm you with all the information you need to help you choose a more energy efficient appliance.
Get the Energy Calculator App for your smartphone to help you buy better energy efficient appliances.
Hot water system
Don’t forget your hot water system - install an energy-efficient tank water heater. Also consider using less hot water, turning down the thermostat, and insulating your water heater.
Monitor your energy usage with Reposit First
With smart energy management systems, like Reposit First you can monitor your household’s energy usage in real-time, and even get predictions for your household energy usage. Letting you plan the best times to use energy and still reduce your electricity bills. Needless to say, the less electricity your household consumes, the less your electricity bill will be.
You can monitor your electricity consumption and reduce your electricity bill by using your energy draining appliances at times when electricity prices are lowest. Some electricity plans charge different prices at different times throughout the day for using energy. By timing your appliances to come on when energy is cheapest you can save big on your electricity bill.