As we reach the height of the summer and the people of Brisbane are basking in 30 degree temperatures we thought it would be a good idea to give you some top energy saving tips. Although some measures might not apply depending upon variants such as age of your home, types of appliances and any alterations or improvements, we would hope that there’s something here for everyone, so here goes!
Avoid using your oven
By avoiding the use of your oven as much as you can, you might be surprised at just how much you can save on your energy bills. For instance a slow cooker is something that’s relatively cheap to buy, yet did you know it uses around two thirds less electricity than a conventional electric oven that’s on for a fraction of the time. If you want more proof, then check out this blog on the subject. Let’s not also forget al-fresco cooking. Dining outdoors is far more pleasurable, so embrace the BBQ, it is summer after all!
Do you really need to run that spare fridge that’s been gathering dust in the garage over the winter period? If all it contains a few tinnies left over from last summer, you might want to think about moving them into your kitchen refrigerator instead.
Use your ceiling fan more
A ceiling fan might not be very effective at cooling down a room on it’s own, but did you know that when used in conjunction with your A/C the air movement will help to cool the room quicker. This might seem counter-productive when it comes to saving electricity, but think about this… A ceiling fan costs a mere fraction of an A/C unit to run and by cooling the room quicker you can afford to turn up the temperature on your thermostat by a degree or two. Overall this means that your A/C is running less, saving you money. Here’s some more information I found on the subject
If you run a swimming pool you might want to think about changing your pool filter times by a fraction. If for instance you can reduce the times that your pool pump comes on by just one hour a day, over the summer period, that’s quite a substantial saving. Another tip is that when you do run your pool pump, choose off peak times for a cheaper electricity tariff.
Keep A/C units in tip top condition
Dirty filters have a habit of restricting flow which means that your A/C unit needs to run longer to achieve the same temperatures. Therefore it pays to have it regularly serviced for maximum benefit.
There you have it. There are many things that you can do to minimise utility costs during the hot summer months. Hopefully his has given you some useful ideas that just might help.
At static Electrics we’re all about helping you save money so why don’t you contact us for an energy efficiency inspection today. Call today on 0429 139 039 to book yours.