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Saving Energy in The HomeSaving energy in the home is an important step because power bills take up a large proportion of the household income. Reducing power bills to the minimum you can will leave you more money for saving so it’s a worthwhile process in your overall saving plan.

The biggest users of power in the home are your hot water system and the refrigerator. Make sure those two appliances are in top working order by getting them serviced if they need it or just using the hot water less and keeping the fridge clean, well sealed and dust free on the back. Fridges more than 15 years old can cost up to an extra $250 year to run!

There are many ideas to help you reduce your power usage, here’s 6 to get you started .

1. Equipment on standby can cost you an extra 10% on energy bills. Consider buying a standby control system. Don’t charge things overnight. Laptops and mobile phones only take an hour or two to fully charge, so don’t put them on charge overnight as it will keep drawing power even after fully charged.

2. Get to know your Tariff Rates. That way you can time your usage to take advantage of the cheapest running cost times. The rate or charge should be on the back of your electricity bill. Using the timer on your washing machine and dishwasher are ways to take advantage of the cheaper tariff times.

3. Fans, whether overhead or on a stand will only cost you about $5 to $10 a year to run compared to between $100 to $600 for an air conditioner. If you do use an air conditioner then use overhead fans at the same time to force the cool air down in the room where you need it,. This can reduce the running cost of your air conditioner by 40%!

4. Consider checking and reducing your water pressure. Municipalities provide water for houses, and to meet the Australian Standards, the pressure should be 500 kPa. In most households though the water pressure is set between 600kPa and 900kPa. If you reduce your water pressure to 500kPa, you shouldn’t notice the difference but will use a lot less water.

5. Of course you should be using only cold water in the laundry to do your washing. The only time a hot wash is really needed is if you are dealing with heavy, oil and grease stains that haven’t come out in the normal cold wash. The cost of a warm wash cycle can be 5 times more expensive than a cold cycle. Check out our homemade laundry detergents that will certainly get your clothes fresh and clean in cold water.

6. “A household that invested $90 in changing 30 fixtures to [Compact Fluorescent Lights] would save $440 to $1,500 over the five-year life of the bulbs, depending on your cost of electricity. Look at your utility bill and imagine a 12% discount to estimate the savings.”  –  Money US News

 Measurement Incandescent Halogen Fluorescent LED (Generic)
Electrical power (W) 60 42 14 10
Light output (lm) 860 650 800 800
Luminous efficacy (lm/W) 14.3 14.42 57.14 80
Color temperature (K) 2700 3100[96] 2700 3000
CRI (Colour fidelity; 100 = natural colouration) 100 100 >75 >85
Lifespan (hours) 1,000 2,500 8,000 +25,000

*Source: Wikipedia