Energy expenses are a significant portion of your monthly expenses. Energy usage also causes environmental pollution through greenhouse gas emissions and hence you must control and reduce your energy expenses.

Request an Energy Audit

To be talking about saving money, it does not seem that the most appropriate thing is to recommend paying an expert to analyse our house for air leaks and to check the condition of the heaters and electrical appliances. But yes. It is a small additional expense that will only take us a couple of hours and the auditor will point out the areas of the house where energy savings could be improved by proposing solutions. He may also suggest switching to Sydney solar panels. Even though the initial investment is high, it will reap long term benefits.

Replace Traditional Light Bulbs

Halogen lamps use 10 times more electricity than energy saving light bulbs or LEDs. Sure, they are more expensive, but they pay for themselves long before their useful life ends (between 8,000 and 10,000 hours). It is one of the easiest changes you can make.

Unplug Whenever Possible

Turn off everything that consumes energy when you are not using it. You are not going to unplug the fridge, of course, but you can do it with the computer screen or the television when you go to sleep. On laptops and other electrical devices, use sleep mode and they will turn off completely by themselves when you don’t touch them for a while.

Take Short Showers

Yes, the stream of hot water over your head is relaxing, but you shouldn’t take more than 7 minutes to shower. Letting yourself be carried away by the pleasant sensations and taking 20 minutes can translate into hundreds of dollars a year, so, if you see it necessary so as not to delay, start timing how long it takes. If you also have the possibility of contracting a night billing, it is better to take a shower at night and you will notice how the energy consumption on your receipts gradually decreases.

Turn Off the Lights

Try to take a tour of your house to make sure that all unnecessary lights are off, and of course, whenever you leave a room and it stays empty, leave it in the dark. Light represents 20% of the energy expenditure of most homes, so this small action will translate into real savings over a year.

Wash with Cold Water

Modern detergents are formulated to remove dirt and oily stains from clothes even in cold water. In addition, at these temperatures you will take better care of the fabrics and the colours of the garments will last longer. All advantages!

Do Not Heat or Cool the House When It Is Empty

We all like to get home and that it is at the ideal temperature. Energy experts recommend setting the thermostat to start cooling or heating the house about 20 minutes before people arrive. Leaving the heat on or the air on for hours if we’re not going to be is one of the most common ways to waste energy and waste a lot of money.