5 Tips To Reduce Electricity Bills This Autumn & Winter


As the colder months, approach and we spend more time at home hibernating the odds are that your electricity bills will spike. To avoid this, you can try our top 5 tips to prevent electricity bills rising this Autumn and Winter.

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Install a solar power system

Summer has gone, but it doesn’t mean the chance to reduce your electricity bills by installing solar power has.

In fact, due to lower demand for solar installations in Autumn and Winter, you can find a better deal, meaning you can save money on the upfront cost to install and have a quicker return on investment.

Plus, in Australia we’re lucky enough to have a high number of sunlight hours throughout the year, meaning you can reduce your electricity bills and save all year round.

Did you know solar panels perform at their best on a clear sky, cool day – anywhere between 18-25 degrees which can be common in our Australian Autumns and Winters?

Heating and cooling home

Did you blast your air-conditioner throughout Summer? If so, chances are you’ll go from one extreme to another and heat up your home to the point of sweating this winter.

Unfortunately, the harder your air conditioning system or heater must work the more energy it will use. By setting your heating at a steady and comfortable temperature around 18-20 degrees, you can reduce your energy consumption and bills.

Did you know that heating and cooling can make up over 40% of your electricity bill?


Lower hot water usage

Heating and cooling may make up most of your electricity bill, but water heating comes in a close second. By lowering the amount of hot water needed, you can reduce your energy usage substantially. Simple ways to do this can include switching to a cold wash when using the washing machine or dishwasher and shortening the length of time you’re in the shower.

Another way to reduce your water heating costs without having to reduce your hot water usage is by installing a solar hot water system, this way you can heat your water for free.

Seal up and avoid drafts

Draft proof your house and individual rooms by keeping windows and doors closed, as well as purchasing some draft-proofing strips. This way, you’ll avoid the warm air escaping and the chill from creeping in.

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The stove and oven are both extremely high energy-consuming ways of cooking but, as the colder nights approach so do the cravings for soups, curries and warm comfort food.

This is where investing in a slow cooker is genius and delicious! Not only do they consume less energy, but you can run a slow cooker during the day when the electricity rates are lower. Plus, you’ll come home to dinner ready to go!

While all these tips will assist in reducing your electricity bills, installing a solar power system is the most effective way and will benefit you all year round for decades!

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Understanding Batteries

Off-Grid Systems

For some households a battery system can be of great benefit and minimise a home’s reliance on the grid. However, it’s important to understand for a battery to be useful your solar system needs to be generating excess energy for the battery to store, which you can then use at night or when the sun is not out.

When selecting a battery, you’ll want to invest in a system that is most suited to your home and can drive the best return on investment (ROI). Despite a larger upfront cost, a higher quality battery may significantly increase your ROI.

    Battery systems start from $6,000 and costs can vary greatly based on the following factors:

  1. Cycle Life-Time

    The number of times a battery can fully charge and discharge.

  2. Battery Power (kW)

    How fast it can be charged or discharged.

  3. Storage Capacity (kWh)

    The maximum amount of energy a battery system can store.

  4. Battery Management System (BMS)

    An electronic ‘smart’ system that gathers data and manages the battery ensuring it does not overload or operate outside of its safe functioning zone..

  5. Inverter

    Battery systems require their own inverter if your solar system does not have a hybrid inverter.

  6. 'All-In-One Unit’

    A system which includes the battery, BMS and an inverter all in one unit.

  7. Warranty

    Length of time or cycles the battery system is under guarantee.

  8. Blackout Protection/Backup

    It’s important to note this is not a common feature of a battery system and could cost thousands of dollars to include. Blackout protection not only requires additional components but also a specialised installation and rewiring. For grid-connected homes, the cost for blackout protection can outweigh the benefit.

Additionally, if your purpose for adding battery is to go Off-Grid and become completely independent from the grid you will need to ensure your solar system can generate enough energy to power your home and your battery system is large enough to store this energy. For homes in metro areas going Off-grid is not cost effective and is only recommended for those in remote areas with limited access to the grid. Off-grid solar systems with battery start at approximately $30,000.

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