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Lowering power bill in hot summer months

Lowering power bill

ImpIt might be a good idea to save money by lowering the power bill. By using energy wisely and adopting energy-saving measures, you can save money and cut down on energy wastage at home while meeting your needs for convenience and comfort.

Many appliances that have a less expensive purchase price may end up costing you more in energy costs over the lifetime of the product. Choose appliances and technologies that suit your needs and that use the lowest number of watts or megajoules. Avoid upgrading to bigger products or those with more features you may never use; this can lock you in to higher energy costs for years to come. Here are few tips to lower power bill in hot summer months:

Water Usage

Hot water is potentially the single biggest source of energy use in your home. Washing clothes in cold water and washing not frequently helps to save electricity. Run the dishwasher only when it’s full and scrape plates first then cold water rinse if they need it. Fit a low-flow showerhead and take shorter showers.

Climate control

Heating and cooling are usually the next biggest energy guzzlers. In winter, set your heating thermostats between 18°C to 20°C. In summer, set your cooling thermostats between 25°C to 27°C. Every extra degree increases your heating and cooling energy use by between 5% and 10%. Close internal doors and only heat or cool the rooms you are using.

Window watch

Up to 40% of the heat in your home could be leaking out your windows. Using heat-blocking curtains is a good option. It is available in colors and patterns that are sure to fit any decor. Lighter the color of your curtains, the more heat they can reflect away from your home. Look for “thermal,” “blackout,” or “light blocking” curtains and keep them shut during the day. At night you can open curtains and windows to let warm air out and cool breezes in. In winter, open curtains to let the sun in and close curtains before it gets dark to keep the heat in – especially while your heater is on. In summer, close curtains during the hottest part of the day.

Use appliances wisely

Appliances could be responsible for as much as 30% of your energy bill. Turn off additional fridges and freezers when not needed and think about getting rid of these. Use lids on pots while cooking, fill the kettle and pots with only as much water as you need. Reduce pool filter running time to the safe minimum set out in the manual. Dry clothes on the line not in a dryer.

Turn it off at the wall

Standby power can account for more than 10% of your household electricity use. Any items with a little light on or clock are using power, and your mobile phone charger is drawing power even when your phone is not plugged in. Turn off appliances at the wall when you’re not using them. It’s a very easy way to save energy.

Switch to high-efficiency lighting

Incandescent lights produce a significant amount of heat compared to energy-efficient lighting options. It makes you pay twice: for the electricity they use and for energy it takes to cool the heat they produce. For saving power, replace incandescents with LED or CFL light bulbs. These energy-efficient options may cost a little more but will pay for themselves in the long run.

Shifting energy usage

One can lower energy bill by shifting energy usage to partial-peak and off-peak hours. Using appliances like your washer, dryer, and dishwasher during peak hours can drive up your utility bill and home temperature. Keep them from creating extra heat during the day by using them at night after peak-usage hours. You’ll be sure to see a difference in your energy bills.

Go solar with Regen Power

If the summer sun is overheating your home, obviously chances are good that your home is a great candidate for switching to solar. Solar panels reduce the amount of heat transferred through your roof. More Importantly, rooftop solar panels provide the highest cost savings in the summer due to the extra hours of daylight from those long summer days. With solar energy prices at an all-time low, there’s no better time to make the switch.

Regen Power has been in the solar power business of Australia for the past 17 years. It is one of the largest dedicated residential solar providers in the country. We craft a custom solar plus storage system for each home. Regen Power help homeowners go solar with zero down payment and make the entire process as easy as possible.  We sell premium products at an affordable rate. We promise our customers hassle-free solar installation and maintenance. It is vouched by our happy customers.