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How to Slash Your Electricity Costs

Rising electricity costs got you down? Don’t let your electric bill dim your smile. There are plenty of ways to save on electricity — without living like cavemen.

Here are a few tips on how to slash your electricity costs.

The Cost of Electricity

You’re not alone if you’ve felt like your electricity bill keeps creeping up. In the last three years, the average household in Australia has seen their bill go up by over $550!

That’s quite a difference for only a handful of years.

How to Cut the Cost of Electricity

Thankfully, there are a few things you can do to bring down your monthly electric bill. Let’s look at a few tips here.

Focus on Cutting Heating and Cooling Costs

Heating and cooling account for nearly 40% of the average Australian household’s energy consumption. This means that any changes in this part of your bill will have a big impact.

There are many ways to use less power for heating and cooling. One of the easiest is to keep your thermostat set to the right temperature.

About 18 - 20 degrees Celsius is the ideal temperature during the winter. For every 1 degree above 20, your energy costs go up by about 10%. During the summer, try not to go below 25 degrees.

Also, closing the curtains at night in the winter will help retain heat in the home. Conversely, closing them against the hot sun during the summer helps cut AC costs.

Shop Around for Providers

Not all energy providers charge the same amount for electricity. Most households in Australia have at least a couple of choices when it comes to which company provides their energy.

Shop around for the best deal to fit your needs. You might be surprised to find out how much you can save! Do this periodically as the energy providers’ offerings and products change frequently.

Energy Assessment

Are you thinking there might still be more ways that you can save on your bill? The best way to find out is to perform an energy assessment. A qualified and licensed electrician can help you figure out which features in your home are using the most electricity.

Even better, they can help you figure out how to streamline those features and bring the cost down.

Solar Energy

This one gets expensive before you start saving money. We won’t deny it, installing solar panels isn’t cheap. However, it is a good move. With discounts, rebates, and other incentives in place, the panels might not cost as much as you would think.

Plus, if you stay in the same home for long enough, the panels will eventually pay for themselves. And you get to enjoy virtually free electricity from that point forward.

Ready to Enjoy a Lower Bill?

Take control of rising energy costs by using simple tips like these to lower your bill. Won’t it be nice to not dread the arrival of your energy bill? Try implementing a few of these tips today and see the difference it makes!

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