Energy saving top tips
Here at ReAmped Energy we’re all about helping you save money on power. We’ve pulled together some simple tips to help keep your bills from creeping up.
Household appliances and switches
- Run full loads in your dishwasher and washing machine. Half loads not only waste electricity, but water too.
- Where possible, make sure your washing machine is on a cold wash. If you need to use hot water, 60 degrees is the best hot temperature for energy efficiency.
- Make the most of the Australian sun and hang out your washing, instead of using a clothes dryer.
- Make sure the seals on your appliances are intact and doors are firmly closed when in use.
- Make sure there is plenty of free space around your appliances, including fridges and microwaves.
- Turn your appliances off at the wall when you aren’t using them. Some appliances continue using energy, even when you think they’re off!
- If you have an electric hot water system, shorter showers (4 minutes max) with low-flow shower heads will help save both energy as well as $$$ on your next water bill.
- Replace bulbs with more efficient LED lights to save energy, and ensure all lights are turned off when not in use.
Heating and cooling
- Close your doors, windows and any coverings such as blinds or curtains to further insulate your house when running AC or heating.
- In summer, where possible, keep cool with fans instead of air conditioning.
- If air conditioning is a must, set it between 24-26 degrees in summer and 18 degrees for heating in winter.
- A pool cover can be a huge bill saver. It keeps the heat in and helps retain water levels.
- Put in an energy efficient filter pump.
- Minimise lighting options. Fewer lights = cheaper bills.
- Consider installing a solar system if you want a heated pool.
Renovating or building?
With some big government rebates being handed out over the last 12 months there’s never been a better time to renovate or build. Energy efficiency should be a big consideration when undertaking large and expensive changes to your home, and can help you save money in the long run.
- Fit only LED lights and consider having one light per switch. This will limit how many lights are turned on at any one time.
- Install ceiling fans in all rooms to reduce the need for air conditioning.
- When buying new appliances check out the energy rating label. More efficient appliances can provide significant savings in running cost.
- Insulate your house well. This will automatically keep your house cooler in summer and warmer in winter!
- Double glazing your doors and windows will also help to insulate your home.
- If you’re considering solar, there are some great rebates available. Check with your State Government to find out what you’re entitled to.
You can also check out our Appliance Usage Guide to find out how much electricity is used by common appliances in your home. This can help you make smart choices when selecting energy efficient appliances!
Source: Energy Made Easy
National Meter Identifier (NMI)
The NMI is a unique 10 or 11 digit number used to identify every electricity network connection point in Australia. You can find your NMI on your electricity bill. Here are some examples: