How to Save on Electricity Bills by Going Green

Posted in: Electrical Tips for the Home

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These days everyone is looking for ways to save money especially when it comes to household bills. And of these, electrician bills usually sit near the top of the list. There have been many changes to the supply of electricity in Australia over the past 5 or 6 years with control passing from government bodies to the private sector. This has increased competition enormously but has also led to some consumer confusion. With the plethora of suppliers continually competing for new customers we all need to think carefully before deciding on our supplier.

Whilst it is certain we can save money when we make careful decisions, there are many other things we can do as well especially when it comes to green energy. It doesn’t matter what deal you strike with your supplier there will still be ways to cut down your usage and implementing green strategies for your energy usage.

There is plenty of information on the Internet for you to absorb, but sometimes you just need to kickstart yourself into action. The following points may help you in this regard by showing you exactly what you have to do to go green in your household.

  • Remember that going green with your electricity means not only reducing your power bill but you can also make a valuable contribution to environmental protection. So it makes sense to go greener on many levels.
  • In winter, we lose a lot of heat from our houses through gaps in doors and windows. So the first step for you is to ensure that you have appropriate weather strips attached to the base of every door and also make sure that weather shields and seals are in place on every window so that they shut snugly and completely. Preventing draughts from coming into your house will cut down your heating bills significantly. Some consumers are using twin draft guards which are simply slotted pieces of Styrofoam that slide underneath the bottom of the door or window which literally prevent even the slightest breeze coming into your house. They are cheap and you can normally get them online for around $6 or $7.
  • Lightbulbs are an obvious choice when it comes to controlling energy usage. These days every supermarket is filled with green options in a variety of shapes and sizes and use up to 75% less energy than the average incandescent lightbulbs we have been used to using for decades. It’s a simple matter of replacing existing bulbs with new energy-efficient ones. Although the lightbulbs themselves are individually more expensive, you can expect a much longer life that in fact save you money in the long run.
  • Turn off appliances. Turning off your appliances at the wall when they are not in use can save you up to 10% of your total energy bill. Electricians explain that electricity flows through your circuit even when appliances not being used and this unused energy can be more efficiently used elsewhere. Things like lamps, coffee makers, posters, printers, and DVD players, just to mention a few, should be turned off at the wall when not in use.