Last year I wrote about my horror at receiving a $1400 electricity bill for winter! I realise that my house is all electric but still the shock prompted me to search out a better deal. A couple of weeks ago I received my winter electricity bill for this year. I am proud to report that my winter electricity bill was down 28% from last year and is now around $1000. Although a lot better than last year, $1000 still seems like a lot to me for a small house with 3 people living in it. Surely there is more we can do? So here are a list of some of the things we are going to implement in our household to cut our average electricity bill even further.
Finish our move to energy efficient light bulbs
We still have quite a few old light bulbs in our house. A move to energy efficient light bulbs can cut your lighting bill in half, so we are going to make an effort to get all the old bulbs replaced now.
Ban the clothes dryer
Clothes dryers chew up power. We did use it less over winter than normal but now it is spring it is time for it to ban it unless we are completely desperate.
No more stand-by power
I know someone who cut $200 off their power bill simply by turning things off at the power point. We are going to join them! Think of the amount of things using standby power in your house right now – the kettle, toaster, microwave, TV…. Why waste money on something that is not being used?
Turn off our phone rechargers when they are not being used
I am seriously guilty of this!!! Phone rechargers still use power even if you are not using them but they are plugged in! It might be a small one but if it is going to save us some cash then we are in!!
Turn off the light when we leave a room
We aren’t too bad at this one but there is more we can do. We are also pretty guilty of leaving our bathroom fan on, sometimes all day! We walk out of the house and forget to turn it off. No excuses this has to change.
Use the microwave more
Microwaves are more efficient than ovens and use around half the electricity!
Only use the dishwasher when it is a full load
Ok we are pretty good at this. The hubby is in charge of the dishes and let’s just say he likes to let them build up (a lot). I guess the advantage of this strategy is that it is always a full load!!!
Washing our clothes in cold water
Making this move could save us around $115 per year. We are also going to focus more on choosing the shortest appropriate washing cycle. Though with a messy four year old the ‘heavy duty’ cycle often gets a whipping in our house!!!
Check our fridge
The fridge is one of the most expensive appliances in the house as it is always on. Ours is starting to get on and is about 10 years old. It is time to check all the seals around the doors and make sure the cold is not escaping. Apparently the fridge temperature should be 4 or 5 degrees and your freezer temperature between minus 15 and 18 degrees, so we are going to check this as well.
Shut the door!!!!
No point in cooling or heating rooms or cooling rooms that are not being used! I do often find myself saying “Shut the door! Do you live in a tent?” Certainly there is more work that can be done here!
So that is our plan. I hope to shave at least another $200 off our electricity bill by being more energy efficient. Not only is it good for our finances and the environment as well! Certainly changing supplier has made a big impact to our electricity bill (click here to read how I did it) but I think it is time to do more!! I look forward to reporting back on how we went this time next year!!!
What is your tip for cutting our electricity bill?
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