Summer energy savings tips

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The summer months of the year bring hot weather and sunny days, but also often see higher energy bills due to the need to keep cool with air conditioning and fans. 

There are a number of things you can do around the home to ensure your summer energy bill doesn’t skyrocket, all without sacrificing comfort. We’ve collected some tips below to help you keep the power bill down without letting the heat win.

Tips to beat the heat 

Summer brings with it hot days and nights that can at times get uncomfortable without a way to cool yourself down. Rather than suffer sweaty days to bring your power bill down, here are a couple of ways you can beat the heat:

  • Clean your air conditioner’s filter
  • Make use of your windows.

By cleaning your air conditioner’s filter, you can make it around 15% more efficient. Clear off any dust and grime that may have accumulated since the last time you cleaned the filter, and you may notice the difference the next time you turn it on.

Speaking of your air conditioner, it’s one of the biggest energy draws in your home. We’re not saying don’t use it, but if you can minimise the amount you rely on the device, you’ll see the savings when your energy bill rolls around. 

Keeping your home’s windows open at night and closing them throughout the day allows the cool air to circulate throughout your home. At the hottest points of the day, ensure your blinds or curtains are shut as well to keep the sun out, and you may find yourself relying less on your air conditioner.

Light your home the natural way

Along with warm weather, summer brings plenty of sunshine our way. Take advantage of the bright summer days to light your home, switching off lamps and globes that you may not need. You can also:

  • Open your blinds and curtains when not too hot
  • Invest in dimmers, timers and sensors

Open your blinds and curtains while it’s not too hot to let the sunlight in to brighten up your home. While it may be too hot to do this during the middle of a warm summer day, early mornings and evenings should be alright, and the sunlight will keep you from relying on lights around your home. 

Speaking of your home’s lights, consider investing in dimmers, timers and sensors for your lights, so they can be switched on when needed (and off when not). If there are any lights in your home that frequently get left on when not in use, a sensor can help bring down the cost you’re incurring on your power bill.

Consider going solar

Solar energy is growing in popularity around Australia, with more than 30% of Aussie homes featuring rooftop solar panels. Not only can solar bring your power bills down dramatically, but it can help you take more charge of your energy.

You can:

  • Consider a rooftop solar and battery system
  • Consider solar lighting for outdoors.

A solar and battery system can keep your home powered from energy generated from the sun. You’ll still need to connect to an energy provider, but you could actually get paid for your energy production should you generate more solar energy than your home uses. 

If you’ve got outdoor lighting, perhaps in a garden or along a driveway, consider switching them to solar as well. These lights can power themselves, and most have timers that tell the lights when to turn on and off. 

Find the right energy plan for your home

This last one may sound obvious, but it’s surprising how much money you can save by changing energy providers. If you’ve been with your current provider for some time, chances are any benefit period you received is over and you may be able to find a better deal on the market.

Here at Mozo, we make it easy for you to compare energy providers in your area and find options that will bring your power bills down. 

To find and compare providers in your area, head over to our energy hub or make use of our handy comparison tool below.

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