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Can I save on electricity without investing into solar?

There are a lot of easy, low-cost things that you can do at home to save on your power bills. Some tips:

  1. Switching to energy efficient LED lights. Generally, lighting accounts for around 5% of household electricity consumption. For example in many cases LED light bulbs use up to 75% less energy than an equivalent incandescent bulb and up to 30% less than CFL bulbs.
  2. Switching off appliances that are on standby and turning off appliances that don’t need to be on.
  3. Reduce heating and cooling costs by insulating ceilings, walls and floors and stopping drafts from doors and windows.
  4. Cool your home efficiently, for example with high efficient air-conditioners, which use around 20% less electricity than models more than 5 years old.
  5. If you have an electric hot water system, reduce your hot water usage by installing a star rated showerhead or taking shorter showers.
  6. Keep the fridge clean and well ventilated and do not place the fridge and stove close to each other.
  7. Use curtains and shutters to keep the sun out during summer.
  8. Using cold water to wash clothes and the sun to dry them.
  9. When building, renovating, renting or buying a home, aim for high energy-efficiency and install energy-efficient appliances and lighting.
  10. Use timers to start and turn off heaters in winter - so you minimize the hours it is used.

Following the energy saving tips above will assist you and your family to reduce your electricity bills. Add a solar power system to your home or business and you can further reduce your electricity bills.