Common energy wasting mistakes Aussies are making and how to fix them and save

Light bulb on pile of coins represents growing energy costs

While it may be more efficient to use the dryer than hang out your clothes on a sunny day, new research from ING has found that poor energy habits like this are costing Aussie adults an estimated $756 per year.

With the cost of living continuing to rise, making changes now can have a positive impact on your bottom line. 

Luckily there are some things you can do to ensure you aren’t paying more than needed on your energy bills. 

What are the most expensive bad energy habits?

Here’s a look at the top money wasting habits according to ING research... how many are you guilty of?

  • Using the dryer to dry clothes on a sunny day - costing an average of $231.37 per person each year
  • Washing up under hot running water rather than filling the sink - $127.87 per person each year
  • Boiling more water than needed - $127.87 per person each year
  • Showering for longer than 10 minutes - $110.73 per person each year

Luckily, these bad habits are easy to break if you set your mind to it! In fact,by making a conscious effort to reduce your energy consumption, you will likely see a big difference in your next energy bill.

While the above habits cost the most, there are also some other little things you can do to reduce your energy usage this winter.

  • Wear more clothes and use blankets rather than turn on a heater 
  • Close windows and block draughts to keep hot air in
  • If you have to turn on a heater, keep it at the lowest comfortable temperature
  • Avoid using the clothes dryer if possible

Although these tips will help, the most effective way to save money on your energy bill is to switch to a more competitive energy plan. Find out just how much you could save. Get started on switching providers with our energy comparison tool.


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