It’s that time of year… things are heating up and Aussie families are doing all they can to keep cool in the sweltering Australian climate. But, hand-in-hand with the heat comes a spike in energy bills, leaving families out of pocket and in hot water.
But, don’t despair! Our Mozo Experts have a few simple tips that could help easily reduce your energy bill without sacrificing your sanity this summer. Check them out and see how much you could save on your energy bill.
1. Shop around
An effective way to make a dent in your energy bill is to ensure you're with the most competitive retailer. Our Experts discovered that households can save $554 on average by shopping around; stressing that there are major savings to be enjoyed by making a simple switch in providers.
You should be reviewing your energy bill every twelve months or so, to make sure you're getting the most competitive deal around. Mozo can help you find the best provider for your location, household and energy usage. Click here to compare.
2. Track your usage
Many energy providers such as Powershop and Powerclub, now offer energy tracking apps, enabling more clarity and giving their customers a better understanding of their usage on a month-to-month basis. By tracking your usage you will become more accountable on energy spent, giving you the ability to alter how and when you use the most.
3. Choose energy-efficient appliances
Appliances can account for around 30% of home energy use, so choosing the most energy-efficient ones, can help you save big bucks. Many appliances continue to use energy even when they appear to be switched off as they are in standby power mode. This can add up to 3% of a household’s energy use. So, other than things like fridges and freezers or any important medical equipment, it might be worth switching most appliances off at the wall to ensure no unnecessary electricity is being consumed.
4. Be wary of temperature settings
Did you know that running your air conditioner or ducted system one degree higher for heating and one degree lower for cooling can add 10% to it’s running cost? Ideally, the smaller the difference between indoor and outdoor temperatures, the lower the running costs. The recommended temperature setting for winter is between 18 and 21 degrees, and for summer, between 23 or 26 degrees, so keeping tabs of this could help lower the cost of your bills, too.