Rugs on hard floors.
Close heater vents on rooms that don't get used (for ducted heating) so all heat goes to rooms used and heater is more effective.
If u have a double oven use smaller oven instead of large.
Turn off tv/radio if ur not in the room.
Don't use dryer unnecessarily. Hand washing on clothes horse then give a shorter stint in the dryer if needed.
Turn hot water service down.
Get insulation if you haven't got it.
Use appliances such as dishwasher and washing machine and dryer during off peak times.
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18-06-2011 08:34 #12Senior Member
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We sold our little city place .....
We moved about a hour from the city..
we are on just under 1 acre ..
we are on tank water..
have now installed wood heater (so we don't use the central heating as much)..
it is a much cooler here (hard in the winter though) so we don't use air con (maybe 2 days of the year)..
We are getting solar panels..generate our own electricity ..
When we are relaxing late at night..we use candles (looks so lovely)...
Most appliances are switched off at wall when not used...
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18-06-2011 08:54 #15Senior Member
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Get solar panels our last two bills were credits and I have the reverse cycle heat/aircon on almost every morning, two fridges. They are great
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18-06-2011 08:59 #16Senior Member
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Also we get power outages every so often (from idiots hitting trees)..if the power is off longer then a certain amount of time you get money back..
not sure what happened last quarter but we had $300 back..our bill ended up being $147 ..very good!!
So make sure if you have power outage or they turn off your power without informing you record it..and inform the company..
we are wanting more power outages!!!!!!!
18-06-2011 09:08 #17Member
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If you have a gas cook-top you can buy a kettle to use on it rather than an electric kettle. Also, reheat food on the gas cook-top rather than microwave.
If I am going to be baking I wait until late afternoon (the time I usually put the heater on) and start baking then. That way it warms up the house and I can put the heater on an hour or two later than usual.
18-06-2011 09:16 #18
all great suggestions!
It amazes me the amount of people who still use a clothes dryer to dry everything - it costs a fortune!
We have a front loader which is very economical - power and water wise
We only heat the living rooms in our house - don't see the need to heat the sleeping areas unless there's a medical reason ie. flu etc
Use energy efficient light bulbs, although we have high ceilings and they are a bit duller than normal ones but we're getting used to it
turn off the TV/DVD player/computer at the wall when not in use - the stand by lights use power and it all adds up
Make sure your house is well insulated - walls, doors, windows and roof spaces
You can buy the foam stick on stuff for gaps for doors and windows and it can make a difference
Use good window coverings for night time and shut the curtains
18-06-2011 09:23 #19
If you have electric hot water....have shorter showers
Turn off lights in rooms you're not using (pretty obvious that one)
I use a lamp with an energy efficient bulb in my lounge instead of having the 4 downlights which use quite a bit more electricity.
If I have to boil the kettle, I only put in enough for one cup if it's just for a cuppa for myself. I like the above idea about getting a stove top kettle though as my gas is much cheaper.
18-06-2011 09:24 #20
Our electricity bill is only ever $200-$250 for a 3 bedroom house.
We dont use hot water in the washing.
We turn off the kettle and the toaster at the power point if they arent being used.
If your not in the room turn the light off, we have energy saving light bulbs.
My mum has made us all "couch quilts" and we dont actually own a heater.
Thats pretty much it. We have 2 fridges, 2 flat screen tv's, a huge sound system, a play station and xbox that are always on. A laptop and a computer that are always on. So it makes me wonder how people get such huge power bills!!!
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