These days, everyone is searching for ways to save on the cost of living and rising cost of energy bills. We’ve put together a ‘doable’ list of handy tips to lower energy usage and costs in your new Thornhill Park home.
- Partner with the best energy suppliers for your needs
Taking your existing energy suppliers to your new home requires the minimal amount of effort, but you might be on the wrong plan for your energy needs, or your current plan might need altering. By simply looking into your energy usage needs you could significantly lower your bills. Also, you might be entitled to a concession, meaning your current bills could be lowered quite significantly.
Make sure your energy suppliers are the best ones for you by comparing prices.
- Plan right
Heating and cooling account for 40% of household energy use. So, while building gives you the flexibility to design your home to suit your lifestyle, it’s also an opportunity to plan an energy-efficient environment. Have a look at your plan and rather than installing cooling in all rooms, consider a ceiling fan where possible. Also, check the number of windows in your house design – windows are a major contributor to heat gain and heat loss.
- Make the switch
Light up your new home with energy-efficient lightbulbs, opting for LEDs instead of halogen downlights. Lighting in homes can account for 8-15% of the average household electricity budget, but if you’re smart about your usage you’ll notice a difference in your bills. For instance, avoid using electric lighting, when possible, during daylight hours.
- Reach for the stars
Household appliances such as televisions, fridges and washing machines make up for one-third of household energy use; televisions are the worst culprit! Be smart when choosing new appliances and refer to the Energy Rating labels – more stars mean more savings.
- Dress for the seasons
Just because you’ve got heating in your home, doesn’t mean you should dress for summer inside with the heating on high all-day long. By wearing warm clothes inside and setting your heating to 18-20°C, you can lower your energy costs by 10%.
- Adorn with practical home accessories
The Melbourne winter can be infamously chilly so as much as we need to wear layers, your home could use some layers too. If you close blinds, curtains, windows and doors on cold days, you’ll keep the warm air in and trap the cold air out to keep your home nice and toasty. Plus, ‘accessorising’ in the home can cater to form and function. Door ‘snakes’ ensure external doors are sealed to stop the draughts and a big rug on tiled floors is a simple fix for cold rooms.
- Creatures of habit
Energy savings in the home can be achieved by making simple alterations to our household habits. Instead of relying on an electric dryer, use a clothes horse inside the home. Also, be sure to turn off home office equipment when not in use, like computers, printers and scanners.
Do you have any other suggestions to cut down energy bills? We’d love to hear them!