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Tips To Save Money On Your Electricity Bill
- Switching providers is often viewed as a big hassle, but with new comparison sites (One Big Switch) it can be fairly straightforward and hassle free. At the very least, one thing you can do to ensure you are getting the best deal on your electricity is by comparing energy providers for better value. Even calling your current provider and asking to be moved to the cheapest market offer can make a difference.
- Change your old lights for LED lights. The cost of LED lighting has come down a lot in resent years and most light fittings can now be either retrofitted or changed easily to a LED light.
- Check old appliances. Old plasma TV’s, fridges, even kettles can use up more electricity than newer, more energy efficient appliances.
- Replace old hot water systems. Older systems that are nearing their use-by date may be struggling and using more and more power or gas to heat your hot water. If you think you have an old system, have it checked out and consider replacing it to save you money on your bills.
- Check your hot water system is on a reduced off peak tariff.
- Use eco modes on your washing machine and dishwasher. This not only saves water but also uses a lower temperature. Some models allow you to manually select the temperature of your wash load.
- Make sure are running your air conditioning at the most energy efficient setting and the temperature should be 24 degrees for heating and cooling.
- Use reverse cycle air conditioners for heating. Common electric or gas heaters may seem like a cheaper option for the winter, but using your reverse cycle air conditioner is more cost effective at heating your home. Their in-built thermostat automatically controls air flow and heat, which means that you are not using excess power once the desired room temperature is reached.
- A modern, reverse cycle split system can be up to 46% more efficient than older models and are up to 3 times more efficient than an electric heater. They also have many other energy saving functions including sensors that monitor room activity and minimise energy use when a room is not in use.
- The simple things… Turn off lights when not in use, switch off appliances at the power point, don’t spend too much time choosing your midnight snack in the fridge, only boil a kettle with the amount of water you need, take shorter showers.