Here are just a few of the ways that you can cut your electrical power and lighting bills …. take notes now;
Air conditioning – we all know how hot it can get in the heat of Summer in Queensland and here on the Sunshine Coast. Many of us use the air conditioning at one time or another. The optimal temperature for running your air conditioner is 25 degrees in summer and 18 degrees in winter. Most air conditioning units take around 20 minutes to cool an average sized room. Therefore, it is recommended that you turn off the air conditioner when you leave home and turn back on upon arrival. You WILL save by doing this.
TIP – clean your filter and the air conditioning unit itself regularily. This will ensure that the appliance is running at it’s most efficient, again saving you $$$’s and always switch off when you leave home.
Solar Hot Water – the solar hot water systems that are connected to the economy tariff can save around $300 a year. Our electricity suppliers tell us that around 60% to 80% of our electricity use is from hot water.
TIP – at the very least consider switching your hot water system to the off peak tariff. Solar Hot Water systems are an investment to install, however, depending on your individual circumstances this may be more beneficial for you in the long term.
Appliances – do you have appliances using up power that you don’t really use? How about a second fridge in the garage? If you can, think about only using this appliance when really necessary. Most refridgerators and freezers take around 30 minutes to sufficiently cool. If you can save $100’s of dollars for the year by switching off until you really need it, should you?
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