We have inverter air cons, it works out cheaper to run them for longer than in shorter bursts, so we'll leave them on heat / cool over night in quiet mode.
I also rang our electricity provider, told them a rival company came to our door and offered 7% discount to change (which they did) - I asked them to match it and they did
Our bill for 4 adults, dual living (2 separate families) (including a washer / dryer / deep freeze) is $400 a quarter.
Use cold water powder for your machine when using cold water as it stuffs the machine up.
I found turning the heater themostat down just a few degrees made a HUGE difference and leaving it running vs turning it on and off helped as well.
I only cold water wash and often put a load on before going to bed so its running in off peak.
I try to cook extra and just re-heat the next night or freeze for another night.
The 4L wine casks you buy at the bottle shop make wicked hot water bottles and they stay hot for HOURS, much longer than normal hot water bottles.
We also use the microwave to cook more now too, it uses heaps less power than the oven. I do my roasts in both microwave and oven - a 2kg chicken, for 20mins in the microwave and 40mins in the oven, so it is in the oven for heaps less time, using less energy but still gets the nice browning from the oven that the microwave doesn't give on it's own.
I've just done my nightly 'switch off' before bed. Most things are off during the day besides the tv points. I also turn the computer & wireless/Internet off in the night time.
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