There is no question that Australians pay some of the highest electricity rates in the world; fortunately people living here can choose from a wide variety of electricity suppliers and the competition in the market helps keep the prices from going up through the roof.
However, even after choosing an electricity supplier that charges less for energy, power can still be pricey. One way to get smaller power bills is to reduce your electrical consumption. Here are some tips from electricity suppliers that will make you and your household more energy-efficient.
Tip #1: Replace your old refrigerator.
In the past couple of years, refrigerators have become up to 40 percent more efficient than the most efficient models sold in the early 2000's. Refrigerators in general are the appliances that guzzle the most energy, so if you've got an old clunker, replace it immediately and you'll see a significant reduction in your electricity bill. If you're not too sure which brand is the most efficient, speak to a salesperson; they'll have all the information right at their fingertips.
If you've got other white goods that are over ten years old, you may want to replace them as well with updated, efficient versions.
Tip #2: Cool your home with solar film or solar shades on the outside of your windows.
If you live in an area where the heat can be searing, you'll want to cover your windows with something that will reflect the light. Solar film or solar shades will work well in older homes that only have single-pane windows, and you can cut down on how much you use your air conditioner.
Tip #3: Don't let heat escape if you live in a cooler part of the country.
Make sure your windows and doors are airtight to prevent any energy-sucking drafts. Honeycomb-type shades placed on the inside of your windows will also help trap heat. However, it must be stated here that if you are using portable gas powered heaters, you run the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning which is deadly. Only use electrical heaters or devices that run absolutely no risk of forming carbon monoxide!
Tip #4: Switch your old fashioned tungsten globes for compact fluorescent ones.
This could prove to save you more than five hundred dollars a year.
Tip #5: Consider shady landscaping in your garden.
One of the most efficient ways to make your garden look beautiful and cut your cooling and heating costs is to plant some shady vegetation outside big windows. The shade will cut the heat in the summer time, and in the winter the vegetation will help block cold breezes.
Tip #6: Operate your energy-hungry appliances during off-peak hours.
Because most Australians now have smart meters which relay power consumption data in intervals of thirty minutes or less, people can pay less for energy by using their dishwashers, washing machines, and other white goods during their electricity suppliers' off-peak hours when rates are lower. This can also result in saving a couple of hundred dollars a year.