If you feel that your electricity bill is eating up a large proportion of your income then you might need some power saving advice. The truth is that by simply taking charge and being accountable for the energy that you expend, you will save yourself money. With this in mind, lets take a closer look at what you can do to reduce your energy expenditure and make your home more energy-efficient.
Make the most of natural cooling and heating
The good news is that there are a number of ways that you can use your home’s natural cooling and heating without ramping up your electricity costs. These include…
- Installing ceiling fans to move natural air around the room. They’re efficient and cheap to run.
- Keep windows and doors closed during long summer months to keep the inside of your home cool
- During the winter months open blinds, shutters and curtains on sun-facing windows to let warmth in.
- Use thicker curtains and draft excluders to retain any heat
Using the appropriate heating system
If you want to heat up smaller rooms say a bathroom or study then strip heaters or infra-red lighting might be a good idea. Alternatively, if you prefer to heat larger areas, then opt for zoned heating.
Turn it off
Did you know that even though appliances are on stand-by they still burn electricity? Stereos, computers, DVD players and TV’s are the main culprits and can soon ramp up your bill without you even noticing. In fact studies have shown that a family who regularly unplug all their appliances when not in use will save themselves around 10% off their electricity bills. So if in doubt, switch it off.
Insulate your property
Another way to save power is to make sure your home is properly insulated. Not only will it keep you warmer in the winter by preventing heat from escaping, but will keep you cooler in the summer as it prevents hot air from entering too. Did you know that with the right type of insulation you can slash your energy bill by up to 40%? That is of course if you get a professional to install it for you.
Yes LED lighting is initially more expensive than the compact fluorescent lighting (CFL) that you can buy, but they last up to 50,000 hours and give off less heat and are therefore more energy efficient and safer to handle.
So there you have it, 5 top power saving tips that will dramatically reduce your energy bills! If you want to find out more about how you can save energy then here at Static Electrics we offer a free in home evaluation service. Why not give us a call on 0429 139 039 and book yours today.