At this time of the year we are amazed that every time we get another electricity or gas bill in the mail it just seems to get higher. But the question we should be asking is how can I make the next one lower?
It is possible to maintain a good level of comfort in your home while decreasing you power bill. Some small and mostly unnoticeable changes will make a difference:
Water heating is one of the largest power or gas users
Check your hot water taps and hot water cylinder for leaks.
Look at installing an insulating wrap on your hot water cylinder and the hot water pipe from the top – these are reasonably priced and easy to install and will reduce precious heat loss from your cylinder.
Laundry uses a huge amount of water – with so many excellent cold water laundry detergents on the market there is very little need for hot washes.
Look at what temperature your water is set at – do you really need it that high?
Take showers instead of baths – and resist the urge to linger.
Stop your heat escaping
Install insulation wherever you can around the home.
Make sure your curtains are closed when the heather is on.
If purchasing new windows dressings, the thicker your curtains and the closer fitting they are to the window the less heat you will lose.
Seal drafts around doors, and if you aren’t using a fireplace, seal or cover that up as well – you’ll be surprised at how much heat can escape up the chimney.
Only heat the rooms you are using – it sounds basic, but why heat the parts of the house you’re not using?
Know your appliances
You might think you’ve turned the television off, but it might just be on ‘sleep’ mode, which means it’s still consuming power. Using the ‘off’ button on an appliances remote control won’t turn it off completely. When you are not using your television, stereo, video, computer or other appliances, turn them off at the wall.
Walk around the house and you will be surprised at how many appliances are still on and therefore using power. Unplugging them at the wall will save power.
Plan ahead when you use the oven to cook more than one item at once.
Source:Harcourts New Zealand