Given the state of the world’s environmental crisis and rising energy costs, the team at Mal Glanville & Co offer 3 helpful tips on how to reduce your energy bill.
Cover Your Windows
Keeping your house cool in summer and warm in winter is an expensive endeavour, especially in Australia. To save money on your energy bills, and also add a highly aesthetic feature to your home, consider adding shutters, blinds and awnings to your windows. With complete coverage of windows, you are essentially insulating your home against the elements, roughly cutting the heat exchange throughout the seasons by 50%. Timing, of course, is crucial, especially when the sun is at its most powerful between 10am and 3pm.
Get Smart with Your Appliances
Most of the energy consumption within our home is drawn from our general appliances. By getting smarter with how we select and use them, we can save unprecedented amounts on future bills.
Start simple by switching off appliances when they are not in use, as they will draw what is known as a ‘phantom charge’. This won’t be the same energy consumption when it is performing its full function, but if they are constantly left on, the usage will add up.
If you are looking to replace or upgrade your existing appliances, think of purchasing models with superior energy ratings. Sometimes we can be picky when it comes to things like size and function, but if you can live by one rule, it would be this: the more stars awarded, the better. The efficiency at which a machine runs, again, adds up over extended periods of time.
Opt for Cold Water Where You Can
When we think about the areas of our water consumption, we likely think that it is only going to affect our water bill. Makes sense, right? Well, 90% of energy usage is actually spent on heating water for various uses. The main one is obviously washing clothes. Cold water is just as effective in cleaning various garments when used with cold water-formulated detergents. But go one step further, and use cold water when cooking, washing your hands, or at any time you turn on a faucet (maybe not in the shower, we all deserve some creature comforts).
If you would like to learn more, contact the friendly team at Mal Glanville & Co today by calling (02) 4323 1500.