How to get on top of your energy bill this winter
Although we may be days away from the official start of winter, the recent chill hasn’t stopped many Aussies from dusting off their heaters and pulling out their favourite knitted jumpers.
Unfortunately, one thing households aren’t always prepared for is a higher than normal energy bill, as winter is one season where our electricity and gas usage typically jumps.
The good news is there’s still time for households to get ahead this winter and switch to a better value energy plan before the dreaded July 1 price hike.
But where do you start?
Comparing energy plans can be a tricky task, especially if it’s been a while since you last shopped around. But if Mozo analysis is anything to go by, it’s well worth the hustle in the long run.
According to our 2020 Energy Report, depending on the distribution zone, Aussie households have the potential to save between $200 - $300 a year on their annual energy bill just by making the switch from the average to the cheapest energy plan.
There are a number of things you’ll want to consider when comparing energy plans, like whether you prefer to sign up for a contract or a no-contract deal. Opting for the latter can provide more flexibility in terms of switching, while a contract energy plan can give you the chance to lock in prices for a fixed time period.
Other features you might want to compare are any fees or whether the retailer offers GreenPower options. With a GreenPower plan, the retailer vows to purchase the equivalent amount of electricity you have nominated, which can range between 10% - 100%, from clean energy sources, like solar, wind or hydro.
Mozo’s top energy tips to keep warm this winter and keep costs low
- Ditch your heater for a weighted blanket. There’s nothing worse than trying to get to sleep during a freezing night, and more often than not, it means having to switch on the heater to ensure a good night’s rest. Give your heater a break and invest in a weighted blanket this winter instead. Aside from the health benefits of a weighted blanket, they can easily keep you toasty during chilly nights.
- Work in the sun. If you’re still regularly working from home, why not take advantage of the glorious sunshine and take your office outdoors. This will keep your body warm for free and give you a change of scenery.
- Keep your showers short and sweet. For a lot of us, long, warm showers are essential during winter. But according to energy.gov.au, hot water accounts for about 25% of the average energy bill. In this case, try to keep your showers under 10 minutes and dry off under a heat lamp.
Want more energy savings tips to get you through this winter? Then make your next stop our energy savings tips hub! Or if you’re ready to make the switch to a better value energy deal, why not take our energy comparison tool for a spin!