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29 Mar 2021

5 ways to lower your electricity bill

At the end of each month, do you worry about how high your electricity bill will be? You’ve tried numerous ways to lower your energy consumption, but it continues to climb each month. While electricity prices do continue to rise, you can still take a proactive approach to lower your energy consumption.


At the end of each month, do you worry about how high your electricity bill will be? You’ve tried numerous ways to lower your energy consumption, but it continues to climb each month. While electricity prices do continue to rise, you can still take a proactive approach to lower your energy consumption.

Here are 6 ways to lower your electricity bill.

Check the seals on appliances and upgrade if needed

There are a lot of clever ways that you can reduce your daily energy consumption. An example is to check the refrigerator seal. Make sure that the seal isn’t worn out, or else your fridge will be working overtime to keep everything cool.

Another way to reduce your consumption is to service your air conditioning unit. If it hasn’t been serviced in a while, the filters could clog up with bacteria, dust and dirt and could lead to major breakdowns. Properly maintaining your air conditioner unit will save on electricity and repair costs in the long run.

It might also be worth upgrading your appliances if they are old. Many people continue to use their outdated appliances until they break down as this is deemed to be the more fiscal option. In reality, modern appliances are a lot more energy efficient and will save you money in the long run.

Only keep electrical appliances and lights on when you need them

Do you sometimes find yourself having lights on in every room of the house? This might seem like a small thing to do, but breaking this habit can save you heaps. Turn lights and appliances off when you leave a room and make sure everything is off before you leave the house. You can buy timer light switches and timers for electricity sockets at the hardware store that can help you if you have trouble remembering to turn things off.

Also, if you have a digital thermostat, program the machine to automatically switch on and off to reduce any unnecessary usage, since the heat pump or air condition unit can be one of the biggest electricity culprit in the house.

Get an energy audit

If you still don’t know what is causing your electricity bills to skyrocket each month, it’s time to consider getting an energy audit. You will be surprised to find out where your energy is being wasted and you will learn how to cut down and improve your consumption habits.

Cut down on laundry

Have you found yourself doing more laundry over lockdown? You’re not alone! But did you know that washing on a warm cycle can use 10 times more energy than a cold wash? That’s about 20 to 40 cents more per load! Only wash when you need to and if you can, hang your clothes out to dry naturally.

If you do need to use the dryer, make sure your clothes have had a decent spin before you put them in the dryer. Don’t forget to clean lint out of the filters as this will run more efficiently and separate heavy and light loads for consistent drying.

Use natural light

If your home doesn’t have good, natural lighting, you will find yourself needing lights on all day. Don’t underestimate how much energy a single lightbulb will consume over the course of a day, let alone having multiple switched on!

If you’re looking for a cost-effective way to introduce natural light into your home, consider installing a Solatube skylight. Solatube skylights will deliver natural sunlight to any room in your house, keeping your house nice and bright with no running costs and no electricity usage. This will be the only “light” you don’t have to worry about turning off when you leave the room!

A Solatube skylight works by capturing daylight through a rooftop dome and transfers it through a reflective metal tube. The light is then delivered to a specially designed fixture that disperses the light evenly in the room, but blocks out nasty UV rays that can fade your furniture.

There are many ways to cut down your electricity bill. Some easier than others. If you want to make your home feel bright again and lower your electricity use at the same time, call Solatube now on 0800 765 288 or email info@solatube.co.nz for a free quote and consultation.

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