Electricity is a big part of our day to day routines – but it’s something that we often don’t think about while we’re using it.
Understanding how we use electricity and how to use it efficiently will help you make the most of your power.
Set your washing machine to use cold water. Most washing machines do a great job washing clothes with cold water, and only really stubborn stains need hot water to clean. Using cold water could save you around $100 a year, and while you’re at it you could save another $1 a load by drying your clothes outside.
Switch to LED bulbs for lighting - they’re more efficient and they last longer. Switching the lights in your home LED bulbs can save you over $100 a year. The best place to find LEDs is in hardware stores, where they’re often more affordable than at other suppliers.
Don’t leave your appliances on stand-by - instead, switch them off at the wall. Lots of devices like your microwave, TV, and PlayStation draw power even when you’re not using them and can cost you more than $100 a year.
Long showers can add up quickly, costing you hundreds of dollars a year. A family of four can save $10 a week by cutting five minutes off their showers.
Use cold water when washing clothes. Doing cold water washes can save $80 a year. Only use hot water for very stubborn stains.
Boil only as much water as you need in the kettle. You can save $25 a year by halving how much you boil.
When it comes to heating your home there’s a few things to keep in mind to keep your home toasty for less.
Beyond your own meter box, understanding where electricity comes from can be a little confusing. Here’s a video to break it down for you