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10 Ways To Reduce Your Average Electricity Bill

written by Shelley Marsh 25/09/2014
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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.

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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?

  4. 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!!

  5. 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.

  6. Use the microwave more

    Microwaves are more efficient than ovens and use around half the electricity!

  7. 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!!!

  8. 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!!!

  9. 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.

  10. 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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15 comments

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cheesygarcia 25/09/2014 at 10:55 pm

I try to use electricity guzzling appliances during off peak hours to save money. I put the dryer on timer at 11pm at night and do majority of the laundry on weekends.

For heating, using an electric blanket would be cheaper than using an inverter or a heater fan.

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Shelley Marsh 28/09/2014 at 7:07 pm

Clever! I love the idea of using off peak electricity for our dryer. But it is outside and I am always a little chicken about what might happen if it decided to play up in the night!

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Jody at Six Little Hearts 26/09/2014 at 8:52 am

WOW! You have expensive power bills! Mine came in at $570 for Winter which clearly, (in comparison to yours) I am to be proud of!
I am militant about disconnecting around here so maybe my efforts are going somewhere. I should change over to the energy saving globes and I have not made an effort about this yet. To be honest, I don’t like the light they give-off but I might experiment on just how much cash I save if I switch. Great post! .

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Shelley Marsh 28/09/2014 at 7:06 pm

You are ace Jody to have such a low bill living with 6 children in Melbourne. I am mightly impressed!!! Let us just say I have a fair bit of work to do to reach your standard!! Well done!

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Grace 26/09/2014 at 1:15 pm

I always dread our electricity bill during winters. Our house has so many draughts! Then we got new curtains and the difference was just amazing! If only we did it earlier in the cold months!

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Shelley Marsh 28/09/2014 at 7:05 pm

Hi Grace, yes curtains can make a huge difference. We got free insulation through Kevin Rudds scheme a few years ago and it made a huge difference to our house… they even installed it correctly too. Thank goodness!!!

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Bek @AuthorRebeccaMugridge 26/09/2014 at 1:20 pm

Great tips!
We have excellent low electricity bills here from being vigilant, cannot imagine the stress of getting big ones X

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Shelley Marsh 28/09/2014 at 7:02 pm

Hi Bek – yes it is not fun getting a huge bill but luckily it prompted me into action!! Hopefully we will be onward and downward (bill wise) from here!

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Bec @ Seeing the Lighter Side of Parenting 29/09/2014 at 6:54 am

Check your hot water service. Ours was malfunctioning, leaking water and heating up too much. Our gas bill went down by $150 a month when we got it fixed!!

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Shelley Marsh 30/09/2014 at 9:19 pm

Awesome tip Bec! Let’s just say ours is getting on in age, so maybe I should get it checked out!! Thanks for the heads up!

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Aimee 29/09/2014 at 7:33 am

Great tips! It’s easy to forget that often it’s doing lots if little things that can make a big difference! I am definitely guilty of leaving my charger on….

Good luck with your next bill!

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Shelley Marsh 30/09/2014 at 9:18 pm

Thanks Aimee, I think there should be quite a bit more room for improvement. I will let you know how I go 🙂

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Sara | Kid Magazine 29/09/2014 at 8:11 am

Great tips! We always turn everything off at the power point when not using it. I’m amazed at the difference it makes in our bill. I’m terrible at turning lights off but luckily it’s a pet hate of hubby’s so he is constantly turning them off.

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Shelley Marsh 30/09/2014 at 9:17 pm

Thanks for stopping by Sara! Yes I am the one in our house with the turn off the light fetish, my hubby less so! 🙂

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