10 Tried & Tested Energy Saving Tips to Reduce your Electricity Bill

Three months ago we made a tree change from a 4 bedroom, 2 bathroom, 3 lounge room, four year old house to a 3 bedroom, 1 bathroom, 1 lounge,  96 year old house and lately I’ve had numerous salesmen call my phone and knock on my door selling solar panels. We did have them put on our old house, but this time around we’ve decided that we aren’t going to get them. We’d much prefer to put our savings towards renovations and if I’m correct, the feed in tarriff is no where near what it used to be (the amount you get paid for the extra energy you create from your solar panels.)

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). 

So how did we do it?
  1. Most of our house (except the bedrooms) used LED energy saving bulbs
  2. We never left lights on in rooms we weren’t in them
  3. We used low wattage lamps in lounge rooms and bedrooms instead of the higher wattage ceiling lights.
  4. 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.
  5. We opened our house up and let the breeze go through instead of using the air-conditioning. 
  6. We used our ceiling fans instead of the air-conditioning.
  7. 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.
  8. We limited the use of the clothes dryer and used the washing line or clothes racks.
  9. We tried to use the dishwasher during non-peak periods (check with your electricity provider to find out when this is)
  10. And most importantly, we signed up to the OneBig Switch where I got 12% off my electricity bill.

How do you save energy in your house?

Linking up with Essentially Jess for #IBOT

Eva Lewis (The Multitasking Woman)

Eva is the Editor and Owner of The Multitasking Woman - a lifestyle and parenting blog.She always has her fingers in many different pies but wouldn't have it any other way. Eva is a Mum to her 4-year-old son, 2 month old daughter, two chickens, one dog and a fish called Bob and a wife to Mr G. They all live happily in their little cottage on the outskirts of Brisbane.

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  1. August 19, 2013 / 10:44 pm

    Thanks for the tips! I hadn’t heard of the OneBig Switch before – I’ll go check that out. Cheers, Alison #IBOT

    • August 19, 2013 / 11:48 pm

      No problems Alison. I’m not sure what deals are on One Big Switch at the moment, but it’s handy to sign up and they’ll send you an email when there’s a new offer.

  2. August 19, 2013 / 11:04 pm

    Wow thanks for the tips! We switch off all the TV when not in use too but not at the wall. Gotta remember to do that now on.

    Ai @ Sakura Haruka

    • August 19, 2013 / 11:49 pm

      No problems Ai. Definitely try turning off your TV’s at the wall because even though you think you’re turning them off, electricity is still running through them. 🙂 Glad I could help.

  3. August 20, 2013 / 12:56 am

    Great tips. I have been meaning to check when off peak times are. Thanks for the reminder!

  4. August 20, 2013 / 1:14 am

    Great tips, I do these as well and even with all the electricity increases, over the last three years we have consistently dropped our bills. I also changes appliances, instead of running two small older fridges I upgraded with a big one and saves about $40 a quarter off our bill and sold the old ones.

    • August 20, 2013 / 1:24 am

      Great to hear Eleise and I completely agree with the fridges. We also did the same and it made a huge difference and also focusing on the energy rating of the appliances is a biggy. Good on you for doing such a great energy saving job. 🙂

  5. August 20, 2013 / 9:28 am

    We had solar in our old place and were getting a credit each quarter, it was awesome. But we are the same as you, pretty careful about our usage! Great tips x Karen #teamIBOT

  6. August 20, 2013 / 9:35 am

    Eva I just wrote an article about this for our local weekend paper! I could add a few more like changing tariff on pool pump and hot water, might just be in Queensland!

    • August 20, 2013 / 10:34 am

      Oh great, which paper? Good idea re. Pool pump and hot water. Luckily we have gas hot water and no pool!

  7. August 20, 2013 / 11:14 am

    I need to get better at turning things off at the wall. And also turning off the TV when I’m not watching it. I just love the background noise.

    • August 20, 2013 / 11:38 am

      It takes a bit of time to get into the habit. I know what you mean by the tv noise though, especially when you’re the only one home or awake, sometimes it’s too quiet!

  8. August 20, 2013 / 11:56 am

    I need to keep the tv off too. We have solar panels but it would be good to get more credit rather than eat away at it by mismanaged use.

  9. August 21, 2013 / 4:45 pm

    Thanks for the tips – brilliant.

  10. August 23, 2013 / 12:54 pm

    Nice tips! I’ll have to check out that OneBig Switch! I’m going to try the turning off at the switch tip because all of our appliances seem to be on stand by! :/

    The Urban Ma
    jacqfruit.wordpress.com

    • August 24, 2013 / 10:01 am

      Thanks Jacqueline, they’ve been a huge help. Definitely start with switching off at the wall, you’ll notice a huge difference! Good luck!

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