Our electrical services in Caloundra (on the Sunshine Coast) extend to green energy solutions and advice on how to save money on your electricity bill. As Domestic Electricians and Commercial Electricians, we are experienced in reading electricity bills and finding solutions to reducing energy use.
Some of the more obvious energy efficient services include, an assessment of your current electrical tariff and switch to night time or off peak power rates for hot water and the installation of solar panel grid connected systems.
Other lesser known or obvious services extend to advice regarding your energy use, via an energy audit of your household, or the supply and installation of “green” light bulbs (not green in colour, but green in usage).
Click here for some electricity saving tips.
So one of the best ways to ensure that you aren’t paying more for your electricity use than you should – is to check your electricity bill and your individual metering of power use. Is your switchboard wired to use the Off Peak Meter? Hmm, well what is Off Peak anyway?
Off Peak is a term used by the electricity companies to describe the times when the whole of the electricity network is less busy than other times. The time of day and which days of the week (usually nights and weekends) depends on your location (for your business or your home).
So if you can pay a lower discounted price for electricity use at certain times, that is a win; right? And if the electricity network load is spread over various times during the day and night, that is good too; right? Right!
So a common way to take advantage of Off-peak electricity charges is to have stand-alone appliances, like electric hot water systems, on a dedicated circuit in your switchboard. Then the hot water system is metered separately, billed on lower off-peak rates and shown separately on your electricity bill.
Your hot water system can only be wired onto a seperate circuit by a local licensed electrician. This work is illegal to undertake yourself and besides that, it is dangerous to complete any electrical work on your own.
Household Energy Audit
So if you are like the rest of us, you probably can’t understand why your electricity bill is so high. And you probably think that you do everything you can to turn of the lights and save your electricity use. However, the way to reduce your energy use if sometimes not as obvious as you think.
Do you know the breakup of what is contributing to your household electricity bill each month? In Queensland, the stats show that for the average household 40% of your total bill is directed towards cooling or heating. Appliances contribute another 23% (do you have energy efficient ones). Hot water contributes 21%. Lighting options within the home contribute up to 10%, with the balance being the refrigerator and the cooking appliances in the kitchen.
With that in mind, and although you can always use Google to find tips and tricks on saving energy. Sometimes it is just good and worth the expense to have an experienced, licensed professional come and make an assessment of your household energy use, and tell you on a practical level how you can save. The savings over time will add up and the initial consultation with us will be proven to be cost effective.
Here at Nashcom Electrical, we can do this energy audit for you and let you know what you are actually missing in terms of strategies on reducing your electricity bill.
There is a difference between thinking you are doing something and actually doing it. For example, it’s not enough to consider running appliances like dishwashers, washing machines and clothes dryers at off-peak times. Yep, it’s a great idea, but without implementation, it is just an idea. The only way to actually save in this manner on your electricity bill, is to DO IT. Many modern appliances now have timers and delay start features; use these features of the appliance (after all – you paid for these features when you purchased the appliance). That is the only way you can control your electricity use and reduce your electricity bill.
We also take a detailed look at your lighting in terms of wattage used, the types of fittings etc (see more on LED lighting below), standby power on appliances, water heating and use, pool pump use and heating, household heating and cooling, appliances and much much more.
Did you know?
An LED light is officially a light-emitting diode, hence the intials LED. An LED is widely accepted as an energy efficient light source, reportedly using around 85% less energy than alternative light fittings (such as halogen lights or incandescent lights). This is fabulous news if you are interested in saving money on your electricity bill. Along with the reduce use of energy, LEDs also have a much longer lifespan than alternative lighting types.
Did you know that LED lighting can save as much power as a fluro light? Specifically, an LED can also last 3 times longer than a standard light. Whilst they are more expensive to buy initially, they do provide savings in your electricity bill in the long term due to their long life.
Our electrical suppliers are continuing to stock LED lights with new technologies – so the saving will be even greater in the future as light fittings continually improve.
If your house is anything like ours, when we moved in we had a range of different down lights littered throughout the house. Some of the bulbs were a yellow light and some where a white light – and all of them were not on a dimmer switch, they were inefficient and costly to run. So after the first electricity bill in the house and the shock of the amount, we decided to change all light fittings to more energy efficient ones.
So how do you choose which LED light to install in your home (as there are many)? One of the main considerations is the wattage of the light fitting. Some LEDs have watts ranging from 4.5 to 14 watts. This is significantly less than a standard halogen down light which uses 55 watts per globe.
Now for some more technical information – choose lumens per watt that provide the brightness you require (high lumens equals bright light) and the coverage of light beams across your area. What?? A lumen is the standard unit of measurement for light from a light source. So when you look at the packaging of your LED light globe look for the number of lumens per watt. You can also look for the beam angle. A wide beam gives softer lighting (more suitable for bedrooms and relaxed areas) and a narrower beam gives more focused and concentrated lighting.
Back to those down lights that are either yellow or white. Your choice here is usually dependent on the style of your home and the style of interiors and furniture that you have in your home. Traditionally a cool white light is used in the hard working areas of your home that high foot traffic – like kitchens and laundries. For bedrooms and living rooms a warmer white (yellow) can be more suitable as the coloured light creates a soothing and restful space. As far as rules for interior design go, it is best to keep all of your LED down lights throughout the home the same colour, especially if you have a modern home with an open plan for living spaces. An alternative is to keep a cool white in all rooms except the bedrooms, and to install warm white LEDs here.