As the mercury dips, our energy bill can rise as we try to keep warm in the winter. Heaters, electric blankets and long, hot showers burn through a fair amount of energy – but your bill shouldn’t make you sweat.
Mobile and energy provider, amaysim has put together a list of 5 clever ways all Aussies can stay toasty as the temperature turns, but cool on your bill balance.
1. Think smart
From coffee machines you can talk to, through to colour-changing lightbulbs – smart homes are no longer a thing of the past. They’re here to stay and are a powerful way to reduce your energy wastage.
These devices optimise your energy usage by heating your home only when you’re there, or when you’re awake to enjoy it. For example, a programmable thermostat can save households up to $180 per year, according to Energy Star. Meanwhile, the Nest Thermostat automatically adjusts the temperature after users set it manually for the first few days, to establish usage patterns and preferences – consider your mind blown!
2. Upgrade to energy efficient appliances
Can you believe that household appliances generally account for over 30% of your energy bill? That dollar-sign on your energy bill will only increase the older the appliance is, because of the rate of energy it burns.
Most Australian ‘white goods’ have an energy efficiency rating, and while retro appliances might look the part, they’re often the reason for your new-age energy bill!
Cheap appliances mean an expensive bill – spend a little more now on an energy-efficient model of the same capacity and you’ll save plenty in the long run.
3. Layer up, don’t dial up
It seems like a no-brainer, but always remember to add an extra layer of clothing before reaching for the thermostat dial. Encourage family members to use throws on the couch, wear socks, and stay warm with additional layers.
Other ways to stay cozy without burning through unnecessary energy include hot water bottles, or a nice hot beverage.
4. Switch to energy efficient light bulbs
A real lightbulb moment in the energy-efficiency game is to switching your old bulbs for modern compact fluorescent (CFL) or (LED) alternatives. They use less power to produce the same amount of light, and last longer too.
The savings from swapping these bulbs alone aren’t massive, but every little bit adds up over time, especially if you’re powering a large household.
5. Shop around for cost-effective energy plans
The most energy-efficient autumn habits will count for nothing if your plan isn’t making you feel warm and fuzzy inside.
When choosing a provider that suits you look out for those offering competitive rates, monthly bills, as well as pay-on-time discounts for both usages and supply charges.