Opting for no solar panels is not a concern to me in terms of energy use because I’m confident of our ability to save energy based on our bills from our last and much larger house before we got solar panels . I remember discussing power bills with friends and they were amazed at how low our bills were, around $270 a quarter (we had gas hot water & cook top).
- Most of our house (except the bedrooms) used LED energy saving bulbs
- We never left lights on in rooms we weren’t in them
- We used low wattage lamps in lounge rooms and bedrooms instead of the higher wattage ceiling lights.
- Everything was turned off at the wall except the microwave, fridge & alarm clock. TV’s were never left on standby and were turned off at the wall.
- We opened our house up and let the breeze go through instead of using the air-conditioning.
- We used our ceiling fans instead of the air-conditioning.
- When we absolutely needed to use the air-conditioning we made sure that every door and window was closed, even the doors to the bathrooms, bedrooms and lounge rooms, so that the cool stayed in the main areas and the air-conditioner didn’t have to work twice as hard to cool more space.
- We limited the use of the clothes dryer and used the washing line or clothes racks.
- We tried to use the dishwasher during non-peak periods (check with your electricity provider to find out when this is)
- And most importantly, we signed up to the OneBig Switch where I got 12% off my electricity bill.
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