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"How come my power bill is so high?"
This question is asked time and time again by our commercial clients after we go through options for effeciency saving in their workplace. There are ways to implement small measures at home that lead to big saving on your quarterly electricity bill.
As solar tariff s are reduced to virtually pennies we consumers need to be adaptable to get the most out of Solar installation and energy efficient measures.
Even without solar panels installed there is a variety of measures to ensure you are maximising energy usage.
Here is a list of cost saving measures that can be implemented.
- Look for the Hungry Energy Culprits, The usually consist of Hot water heaters, Pool Pumps, Air conditioners, washing machines, Halogen down-lights and Driers.
Hot Water Systems
- Thermostat control, consider turning down the temperature of your hot water. As Summer approaches consider turning down the temperature, this will save energy in heating and maintaining that hot water when everyones having warm/cool showers.
- Installing Timers, timers are great for setting your HWS to heat before times that you use the hot water. Your family likes to all shower in the morning? consider setting the timer for early morning before you wake or in the afternoon before you arrive home from work. this saves the HWS needlessly maintaining that temperature when you are not using the water.
- Off peak, Off peak works well in conjunction with Timers, Off peak Electricity has rates up to 50% cheaper than your standard tariff. ( depending on what off peak tariff you choose) this will heat your HWS during times when the demand for electricity is low on the grid.
- Solar HWS, if you have a solar hot water system make sure you have a booster switch installed ( this allows for manual control of heating when days are cold and cloudy) make sure you only use the booster sw if necessary. Our family of 3 personally have our Solar HWS set on a 24hr timer that i run when days are cloudy, its also on the off peak tariff. Our last household power bill was $272.00 for the quarter.
- HWS with solar panels installed, with the buy back rates at all time lows we need to make sure maximum output from the solar panels are being used at the corresponding time. this means usually setting timers to allows for HWS to heats during the hours that the sun is at maximum output to your solar installation. take note as the sun shifts during the day and see when its directly over your panel installation. this is the time to to consider running HWS, Pool pumps and washing in staggered times if your system is not large enough.
- Get to know your energy bill. Understanding your energy bill including all the fine print will help you to assess your energy use patterns and levels so you can begin to make changes and savings—around the home.
- Do some simple comparisons. For example, by comparing your use from the same period in the previous year, you can get a picture of your energy consumption in different seasons. If your use is higher in winter or summer, you might want to look at the reasons and some options for reducing it.
- Consider the times of day when your household uses the most energy. This will be an important guide in selecting the right energy contract. Are you home during the day or does your family arrive home together and turn on heating or cooling, cook dinner, watch TV, go online and do homework?
- Change when you consume energy away from peak times. For example by running your washing machine late at night you may be able to choose a contract that rewards this change.
- Take action at home. If you know your bills are always high in winter you could look at a mix of options to reduce your energy costs. This might include using thicker bedding so you don't need to leave heating on overnight, heating only the rooms you are using, stopping up draughts and cracks with simple window and door tape, and investing in a more energy-efficient heater if your current model is guzzling too much energy. If your bills are consistently high in summer and you are a pool owner there are steps you can take to reduce your pool pump running times and pool-related energy use.
- Halogen lighting consumes on average 50w per fitting. Not to mention the heat dispersed from these Lamps add to the cooling costs in summer.
- Average halogen lamp run for 5 hrs a day will cost $20.47 per year, average house has between 30-60 Halogens and the costs add up quickly.
- LED Downlights on the other hand operate with a higher output of light at 10-13W per fitting , average LED downlight running 5 hours a day costs $5.32 year. Roughly 75% cheaper.
- So for 60 Halogen fitting running yearly, used 5 hours a day = $1,228.20 a year
- LED downlight 60 fittings running yearly, used 5 hours a day = $319.2
- Saving of = $909.00 per year.