Electricity bills make up a significant part of our expenditure each month – and based on recent price increases, our energy bills are only set to get bigger.
Many of us are looking for every opportunity to save money at present. Did you know there are a number of simple changes we can make to our homes to reduce our energy consumption and electricity bills?
In this blog post, we’ll share seven energy-saving tips for your home that will help you save money and be more energy efficient.
1. Install LED lights
Switching to LED lights is a great place to start improving your home’s energy efficiency. LED lights are up to 75% more efficient than traditional lightbulbs and use significantly less energy. Not only do they cost less to run, but they also last much longer than old-fashioned incandescent lightbulbs. This means you can save money in the long run as you won’t need to purchase new lightbulbs as often.
2. Switch to Solar Power
If you’ve got the budget for it, switching to solar power is one of the most effective ways to reduce your electricity bills. Solar power systems don’t just reduce your reliance on the grid – they can also increase the value of your home and help the environment.
In most cases, you’ll be able to get a rebate or subsidy from the state and/or federal governments when you install a solar power system, and your energy provider will pay you a ‘feed-in tariff’ for energy that you export to the grid. This means you can get a return on your investment almost immediately.
3. Install a Smart Thermostat
Installing a smart thermostat is a simple and effective way to save energy in your home. It allows you to control the temperature in each room individually, and you can even set it up to turn on or off at certain times during the day. You can also use the thermostat to set temperature and time schedules so your heating or air conditioning won’t be running unnecessarily.
4. Install Double-Glazed Windows
Installing double-glazed windows is another great way to reduce energy consumption in your home. Double-glazed windows help insulate your home, so you’ll use less energy to maintain a comfortable temperature. If you’re in an area with a lot of noise, double glazing also helps to reduce noise pollution.
5. Make Use of a Generator
Generators are handy if you’re living in a rural area and don’t have access to mains electricity. Generators use fuel or solar power to produce electricity, and can be more efficient than using mains electricity. They can be used to run various appliances and lighting and help you reduce your reliance on the grid.
6. Unplug Appliances
Even when appliances are ‘off’, they still draw energy from the grid. If you’re not using an appliance, it’s best to unplug it to reduce your energy consumption. There are also some appliances – like gaming consoles and TVs – that have ‘standby’ modes that still use energy. To reduce energy usage, you should definitely unplug these appliances completely when you’re not using them.
7. Wash Clothes at Lower Temperatures
Washing your clothes at 30°C instead of 40°C, or even a cold wash, will drastically reduce the energy your washing machine uses. A lower temperature will do just as good a job of getting your clothes clean but use a lot less energy.
There are many simple ways to reduce your electricity bills and make your home more energy efficient. For more advice on which solutions will work best for your home, contact Just-In Time Electrical. We can provide you with advice and install energy-saving solutions for your home.
Just-In Time Electrical is your local leading electrical contractor based in Brisbane’s western suburbs. Just-In Time Electrical has been operating for over 12 years and draws on a combined knowledge base of over 30 years.