Utility expenses take a significant chunk out of your income each month. So isn’t it worth learning how to reduce your bills by saving on electricity, gas, water and other expenses?
Listed below are just a few simple changes you can make around the home to not only make your home more eco-friendly, but also to help tighten the purse strings.
Change light bulbs
Did you know that energy efficient light bulbs use almost 25% less electricity compared to regular light bulbs? It’s not hard to find energy efficient bulbs either. Most grocery stores as well as hardware stores stock 5 star energy rated bulbs for a reasonable price. Just by changing these bulbs you could save a few hundreds dollars a year depending on your usage.
High quality insulation can help keep your house cool in the summer and warm in the winter, which can help keep heating and cooling costs down. Most newer homes should have insulation, but it is always worth checking.
Stop leaking taps
You may not think that a leaking tap will waste much water, but it does. According to the Save Water Alliance Australia, a dripping tap can waste 20,000 litres of water a year, imagine if you had multiple dripping taps. Fixing a tap is simple and cheap with a washer usually only costing a couple of dollars at the hardware store.
Change shower heads
According to the Save Water Alliance Australia, you can save tens of thousands of litres each year just by changing your old shower head with a water efficient model. There are plenty of water efficient shower heads available at hardware stores and there are many simple videos online showing how to change them over.
Fans vs. air conditioning
Sometimes the weather is so unbearable that you have no choice but to use air conditioning, but it is best to avoid it as much as possible. According to consumer advocate Choice, a large air conditioning system can add up to $530 a year to your bill, whereas a ceiling fan costs just $30 a year to run. One option is to run your air conditioning to cool the house down and then use the fan to circulate the cool air. But make sure all of your windows and doors are shut so the cool air doesn’t escape outside.
Clean air conditioning filter
When was the last time you cleaned your air conditioning filter? If you can’t remember or you’ve never done it, it could be affecting the unit’s efficiency. With regular filter cleaning and changing, the air conditioning unit will run more efficiently.
Clean the lint trap in your dryer
Not only can lint build up becoming a fire hazard, but it can also slow the function of the dryer, meaning it will have to run longer to dry your clothes. This makesit more expensive. Cleaning the lint trap will take one minute, but it can help improve the functionality instantly.
Do you really need your landline phone? You may have bought one just so you have one, but if: you only ever use your mobile, the only people that call you on the home phone are telemarketers, you don’t give out your home number or you don’t even know what your landline number is, maybe it is a sign to get rid of it.
Turn off your computer
It is important to turn your computer off when you are not using it. Most computers have a 300+ watt power supply that will add to your electricity bill, even when you are not using it. Turning off appliances at the switch may not seem like a big money saver, but it does have significant savings. If you have to keep your computer on, make sure the screen has an automatic ‘sleep’ button after a certain amount of time.
LED Christmas lights
Decorating the house with Christmas lights can hike up your electricity bill over the festive season. So, to help save up to 80-90% on your electricity bills, switch to LED Christmas lights as they are more energy efficient. Also, make sure you have a timer for these lights so they switch off at a certain time and are not running all night.