Are you worried about what this winters’ electricity bill is going to look like? Winter is often the time of year when our electricity accounts skyrocket. Here we present some ideas on helping you to keep you electricity bills under control.

  1. Change those old halogen light bulbs to l.e.d. lighting. Many of us installed halogen down lighting 10 to 15 years ago when it became fashionable to do so. Some homes that we have visited have over 100 led light bulbhalogen light bulbs installed in lounge rooms, bedrooms and bathrooms. The cost savings  can be astounding when switching to l.e.d. lighting. A 60 watt halogen lamp can often be replaced with an equivalent 6 watt l.e.d. light bulb! That’s a phenomenal saving on power usage. multiply that by 50 to 100 (bulbs per home) and you are looking at huge power savings – even more in many businesses.
  2. Use electric timers and time switches to switch lights on and off. Timers designed to turn electrical appliances on and off are very inexpensive these days – typically $10 to $15 at Bunnings or K-Mart for example. Many people we talk to like to come home in winter to a lit house and leave lamps on during the day so their home is lit and welcoming when they return home in the cold and dark winter evenings. By installing timer switches you can set the time that you would like the lamps to turn on – meaning you save power during the daytime.
  3. Consider solar power. The installation cost of solar panels in 2016 is 80 percent less than it was just 10 years ago. A modest 2 kilowatt solar system can produce around 8 kwh of energy per day, which can run your fridge, washing machine, t.v. and other appliances. These are still ‘rebates’ available from the Federal Government which cut the upfront cost of solar power installation. Worth considering.
  4. Replace inefficient forms of electric heating. Do you still use the old style ‘bar heaters’ of even the low cost ‘fan heaters’? Though they are
    bar heater -very energy inefficient

    Typical Bar Heater

    inexpensive, initially, to purchase, they are actually very energy inefficient, meaning that the amount of power they use relative to the heat they produce is disproportionate. Reverse cycle air conditioning is the most efficient form of heating and many inner west Sydney home owners simply do not realise this. We have seen, may times, where people fail to use the reverse cycle heating option on their air conditioner to heat their homes, instead electing to use far less energy efficient forms of electrical heating.

  5. Dress in your warm winter woolies. How obvious is this but how few of us actually dress for the climate in Sydney? Research by the c.s.i.r.o. in 2014 showed that wearing ‘winter appropriate’ clothes, like woolen jumpers, thermal underclothes, beanies and well made slippers can allow us to reduce of home heating costs by 55 percent! That is a huge figure – so dress warm this winter and preserve your bank account!!