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.
- Switch 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.
- Switch off appliances that are on standby and turn off appliances that don’t need to be on.
- Reduce heating and cooling costs by insulating ceilings, walls and floors and stopping drafts from doors and windows.
- Cool your home efficiently, for example with highly efficient air-conditioners, which can use around 20% less electricity than older models.
- If you have an electric hot water system, reduce your hot water usage by installing a star rated (efficient) shower-head or taking shorter showers.
- Keep the fridge clean, well ventilated and do not place the fridge and stove close to each other.
- Use curtains and shutters to keep the sun out during summer, and the heat in during winter.
- Use cold water to wash clothes and the sun to dry them.
- When building, renovating, renting or buying a home, aim for high energy-efficiency and install energy-efficient appliances and lighting.
- Use timers to start and turn off heaters in winter to minimize the hours used.
Following the energy saving tips above will assist you and your family to reduce your electricity bills. Adding a solar system to your home or business will help you to further reduce your electricity bills.