Have you ever thought about what life would be like without electricity? It’s kind of hard to even imagine for most of us, especially the younger generations.
Though we depend on electricity, there isn’t anyone who does a happy dance when they get their electric bill. Paying bills generally isn’t that exciting.
But you might enjoy a little extra spring in your step when you get a reduced electric bill! Read on for a few easy tips to save money on electricity!
Rising Electricity Prices
You may have wondered if it’s just your imagination or have electricity prices been going up? Unfortunately, you aren’t imagining it.
The average Australian household is paying more than $500 more per year than they were paying 3 years ago. That’s no small increase and has a big impact on your budget!
Reducing Your Electric Bill
The good news is that you don’t have to stand idly by and just keep paying a bigger bill. There are many ways you can get a lower power bill. Sometimes you just have to get a little creative.
Here are a few ideas.
Many appliances use electricity even when they’re not being used. This includes TVs, phone chargers, microwaves, and dishwashers.
To avoid paying for electricity that doesn’t benefit you, unplug appliances at the wall when not in use. If it’s too much of a pain to remember, get a few smart power boards to turn them on and off for you.
Adjust the Thermostat
Heating and cooling account for the largest share of the average household’s electricity use. At about 40%, making cuts in this area will make a huge difference on your bill.
Adjusting your thermostat is an easy way to do this. In the winter, every degree above 20 adds about 10% to the running costs for your furnace. Conversely, in the summer, every degree below 25 adds about 10% to your AC running costs.
Getting used to more moderate temperatures indoors can make a big difference over the course of a year.
Use Your Curtains
Another simple way to lower heating and cooling costs is to open and close your curtains appropriately. Close the drapes against the hot sun on summer afternoons. Conversely, closing the drapes in winter (especially at night) will help keep heat in.
Optimize the Fridge
Refrigerators are one of the biggest energy drains in the home because they run constantly. Make sure the fridge temperature is set to 4 or 5 degrees Celsius and the freezer is between -15 and -18. Anything lower than that and your appliance will be working unnecessarily hard.
Furthermore, think about its placement. You’re working against yourself if you position the refrigerator next to the stove.
Rejoice With a Lower Electric Bill
There are few reasons to get excited about your electric bill, but this is one of them. Implement a few of these tips and you’ll be excited to see the savings you can enjoy!