If you’ve checked your gas and electricity bills lately, you may well be shocked at just how much they are. If you have a gas heater in your home you may well have seen your gas bill sky rocket over the winter months, or if you’ve been using reverse cycle air con to heat your home instead, your electricity bill may have gone through the roof.
While there isn’t always a way to keep your gas and electricity bills super low, there are some simple ways you can try to minimise them each quarter. Here are 6 easy ways to save money on your gas and electricity bills.
1. Switch Bulbs To LEDs
It’s no secret that traditional light bulbs are expensive and don’t last that long. Switching to LED downlights means that you won’t have to change a bulb for around 10 years and your electricity consumption will be vastly reduced. Not only is it better for the environment, but it’s easier on your pocket too, as LED lights are around 75% cheaper to run than old style incandescent bulbs.
2. Invest In Energy Efficient Appliances
Using older and less efficient appliances will drastically increase your electricity bills. Fridges are notorious for using a great deal of electricity so having an energy efficient fridge is essential. It might be nice to have that old fridge outdoors for your drinks, but how much extra is it costing you in electricity each month?
3. Draught-Proof Your Windows And Doors
Many houses lose heaps of hot or cool air through gaps in door frames and window frames. Use weatherproof seals and stop any leakages. When you’re paying for your home to be heated or cooled, you don’t want half of it to be escaping through the cracks and making your heater or air con work even harder.
4. Consider Switching Providers
While this currently isn’t possible when it comes to electricity in WA, as there is only one provider, we do have two providers of gas. Kleenheat and Alinta are competing for your business and if you enquire about making the switch from one to the other, you may find yourself being offered a long term discount on your current bills.
5. Turn The Thermostat Down
When using air con, set it to just a degree or two less than you would normally. If you’re using reverse cycle heating or a gas heater set it a degree or two less as well. Just a few degrees difference can add up to big savings in the long run.
6. Make The Most Of The Sun
In winter, make sure you throw your curtains and blinds open during the day and use the sun’s natural warmth to heat your home before resorting to constant heating. In summer keep your blinds or curtains shut on hot days to keep the air in your home cooler for longer. It might not last all day but it does mean you will use your heating and cooling devices for less, which can only be cheaper!