Shared accommodation: How can I save on my energy bills?
Whether it’s to save on expenses or to have some company, having a roommate is one of the most common ways to live across the country.
But sometimes different routines and habits can clash, even when it comes to energy consumption or conservation.
According to new research by Origin Energy, 63% of Aussies who live in shared accommodation believe they could be doing more to reduce their energy consumption.
Aussies living with their partner were reportedly more mindful of their energy use, with 84% noting cost as their main motivator for wanting to cut down on their energy use.
However, despite the good intentions, 29% felt that their housemates aren’t good at conserving their energy use and are using it excessively.
“Having a roommate can teach us how to have difficult conversations, from splitting bills to sharing space. So if you’re looking to save on your energy bill and feel as though your roommate could be doing better with their usage, it might be time to sit down and have an honest chat,” said Mozo Director, Kirsty Lamont.
“Getting on the same page could involve brainstorming areas where you can cut back, like the laundry or heating.”
How Aussies living in share houses can save on their energy bills
Between Covid-19 and summer well on the way, it’s no secret that energy bills are set to climb. So how can Aussies living in share houses do their bit to keep costs low?
According to Origin Energy, one of the bigger areas where shared houses can save on electricity is hot water, as it accounts for 21% of the total bill. And by cutting down showers from 8 minutes to 4 minutes, a household could save anywhere between $61 - $253 a year.
Other ways to save included:
- Switching off all appliances at the wall, which according to the retailer could deliver savings of $100 a year.
- Keeping lighting to a minimal and only switching the lights on when needed.
- Only running full loads of laundry and dishwashing - 6% of Aussies said this is an essential way they reduce electricity.
A final way Aussies with roommates can be prepared for future energy bills is to start a household kitty, perhaps in a separate savings account.