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Energy Switch & Save | 10 Tips To Help Lower Energy Use

 

Whether we like it or not we are all being forced to be a bit more energy savvy as electricity prices continue to skyrocket.

If you’re seeing high numbers on your electricity bill then here are a few tips and tricks to help lower your energy consumption and overall costs. If you’re still finding that your bills are high after reducing your energy usage then it may be time to switch to a new energy plan.

1. Use A Power Boardswitch energy

One of the easiest ways to save energy is by switching off all of your appliances when they aren’t in use. Appliances that are left on standby are called “vampires” as they suck energy and increase your power bills.

One of the easiest ways to switch off all your appliances is by switching to power boards. When you aren’t using the linked appliances, switch off the entire board. This will have the same effect as unplugging each appliance from the wall and will protect you from energy loss.

2. Turn Lights Off

It is all well and good to switch your house lighting to LEDs, but remember to also turn lights off when you are not using them.

Switch Energy Use3. Switch To Fans Instead Of Aircon

It’s easy to fall into the habit of switching the aircon on when we walk in the door but sometimes the traditional fan is all that you need. Annually the cost of running an average pedestal fan is around $23.07. In comparison, it costs around $1000+ to cool your home using an aircon per year.

If aircon is a necessity, ensure you are getting an energy efficient one. To do this compare and get multiple quotes from local aircon installers.

4. Close Your CurtainsEnergy Saving Tip

Although this one might sound silly, using your curtains to block sunlight coming through your windows is an effective way of cooling your home without any appliances at all.

Blackout curtains can block out almost 24% of the day’s heat.

5. Take Cold Showers In Summer

Did you know that hot water accounts for roughly 25% of your annual home energy use?

A way to reduce this is by having a cold shower during the summer months instead of a hot one.

bbq outside6. Have Dinner At The Table Instead Of In Front Of The TV

With the introduction of streaming services such as Netflix the average household now spends more dinners in front of the tv.

Want to reduce your energy? Why not have dinner at the family table instead?

7. Vacuum Under And Behind The Fridge

Dust build-up behind your fridge can block its ventilation filters and increase its running temperature. This means it will be using more energy to try and re-cool itself.  Use a vacuum to give the back of your fridge a once over!

8. Track Your Energy Use On Your Phoneenergy usage kwh

Want to keep an eye on your energy use? There’s an app for that! Some modern homes have in-built monitoring systems but if yours doesn’t there are a variety of mobile applications that will do it for you.

WattCost

WattCost is now available for pre-order in Australia and it tracks your energy usage and solar production.

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PowerPal

PowerPal connects your electricity meter with your smartphone giving you a visual map of how much electricity you have used.

Sense

The Sense app detects unique electrical signals. If you are having trouble tracking down an energy source that is draining energy this might be a good option for you.

Solar Quiz9. Install Solar

One of the best ways to drastically drop your energy bills is by installing solar panels. With government rebates and feed-in tariff incentives, installing solar couldn’t be easier.

By self consuming electricity that your solar panels produce during the day you essentially are not having to pay for electricity at all as you arn’t having to buy it from the grid.

The best way to get solar panels that suit your needs is to get quotes from different CEC accredited solar installers in your area. If your keen to get started, Solar Market offers three complimentary no-obligation quotes to help you find your perfect solar deal.

10. Energy Switch & Save compare energy providers

Having access to electricity and gas will always be an ongoing lifetime cost, so it’s important that you are getting the best deal possible.

By researching new deals and evaluating your current plan you can stay on top of sneaky extra costs and save yourself a pretty penny too!

Solar Market has a handy little energy comparison tool that allows you to look at the different available energy plans in your area. If you see a better deal than your current plan you can switch on the spot!

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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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