The government of New South Wales promised more than 1 million state electricity customers that they would have cheaper power bills following deregulation in July. At that point, the state government relinquished control of electricity prices with the intention being that the increase in competition would shake up the energy market and push down overall prices. While transitional rates are currently in force, opinion is still divided as to the longer term repercussions. Other power bills are on the rise, nonetheless, with the cost of gas expected to rise by 17.5% by 2016. It’s clear that there is an overriding need for consumers to reduce their power consumption wherever they can.
The gentlemen of the house might not approve of the idea, but one of the biggest consumers of electricity in many homes today is an old-fashioned appliance colloquially known as a beer fridge. This secondary fridge appliance has been known to consume between 30% and 40% of the total energy bill, which is a shocking figure for most consumers. Nevertheless, when even a hardened drinker is advised just how much it is likely to cost to keep the beer in such a place, more frugal alternatives are typically selected.
Halogen Heat Hogs
A popular saving solution today is to change all the light bulbs. Halogen bulbs are so effective in producing energy and heat that they are often used in convection ovens for cooking purposes. LED lights are the wave of the future and can cut down costs significantly.
Stop Heating The Wrong Places
When you’re up on your stepladder replacing some of the lights in the ceiling, check to see if there are any gaps between the fixtures and the attic space above. Ideally, you want to keep the hot air in the room you are trying to heat rather than allowing it to seep through to an unsealed area. Experts also advise that you should place the main thermostat in the living room where most people spend their time. It doesn’t make too much sense for your system’s temperature to be adjusted in order to provide “ideal” conditions in the hallway, where people rarely frequent.
Where at all possible, consumers should consider fitting solar panels. Customers in NSW can expect savings of as much as 54% after doing so. The cost of investment can typically be repaid through savings on an electricity bill within less than five years.
For more information, contact a business such as Barry Allen Electrical Services.