Slim your electricity bill

30/06/2009

With electricity prices set to leap, now’s the time to think about how you can cut down on your use of power and save money. Check out our handy guide to keeping juice use to a minimum.

 

Saving energyOne of the best ways to save on electricity is to make sure your home is properly insulated and the keep doors and windows of rooms that are not in use closed. This can save a fortune in wasted heat or cooling.
 
Another sure-fire way to save on electricity is to reduce your consumption of hot water. Turn off the water heater if you are going away and keep showers short and baths shallow.

In the laundry room, use washers with a full load and rinse clothes in cold water instead of warm. If you’re drying, dry one load after another to save having to heat the dryers every time.

In the kitchen, try to put all the food that need to be baked in the oven at same time to avoid having the appliance on longer than necessary. Don’t open the oven door any more often than necessary. Also, as long as the weather is not hot, remove food from the fridge before cooking so that it can come up to room temperature and won’t take so long.

Wait until the dishwasher is full before switching it on and keep the temperature low to avoid unnecessary heating of water.

In bedrooms and living rooms, it’s a good idea to fit motion sensors to control the lights – that way, they can’t be left on if the space is unoccupied. Dimmer switches are a good idea too, as they save on electricity when you don’t need to light the room too brightly. Energy efficient light bulbs are a must.

In bathrooms, low-flow shower heads can really reduce the amount of water used and make sure you turn off the fan – leaving it on can really drain the power.


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