We’ve been warned - as of July 1 our power bills will sky rocket, as if they’re not expensive enough we can expect a substantial hike as of today.
Here’s a few tips to try and help keep the bills affordable:
ONE: SHUT DOORS AND CLOSE CURTAINS
Heating or cooling the whole house can be expensive. Where possible, shut doors to areas you are not using and only heat or cool the rooms you spend the most time in.
TWO: STOP STANDBY POWER WASTE
Did you know your phone charger is still using energy even when your phone is not attached? Up to 10% of your electricity could be used by gadgets and appliances that are on standby.
A standby power controller will automatically reduce standby time and switch appliances off when not in use.
THREE: DRESS APPROPRIATELY
Layer for the warmer months – makes sense really. Layer your clothes, wearing more in winter will obviously keep you warmer and in turn you can turn your heater down. Another tip: thermals are AWESOME for warmth!
FOUR: USE ENERGY-EFFICIENT LIGHT GLOBES
Replace old incandescent and halogen light globes with energy-efficient globes. Energy-efficient globes save power and last longer. Light globes can sometimes be replaced for free or at reduced cost.
FIVE: RUN YOUR FRIDGE EFFICIENTLY
The fridge is always running making this one of the most expensive appliances in the house.
An ideal fridge temperature is 4 or 5 degrees and an ideal freezer temperature is minus 15 to minus 18 degrees Celsius. If you have a second fridge or freezer, only turn it on when you need it.
SIX: SAVE ENERGY IN THE KITCHEN
Thaw frozen food in your fridge to reduce cooking time. When you are cooking, use the microwave when you can – it uses much less energy than an electric oven. If you use the stove, keep lids on your pots to reduce cooking time. Use the economy cycle on your dishwasher and only run it when it's full.
And don’t forget, there’s always candles, some of us have already stocked up!