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If you’ve invested in infrastructure to make your home fully electric, well done! You have taken a major step in reducing carbon emissions which means a greener planet for us all.
Making the switch to an all-electric home means you may have noticed an increase in your electricity bill. This is completely normal. Having electricity as your sole energy source will naturally result in an increase in your bill. But we’re here to help our customers take control of their energy usage by making small changes that have a big impact.
These are our 5 tips for reducing your electricity bill in an all-electric home.
Buy energy-efficient appliances: When you are buying new appliances, it is important to check their energy-rating label and to buy the appliances with the lowest energy consumption that you can afford.
Install LED bulbs: every time a light bulb blows replace it with an LED bulb. They are much cheaper to run and have a much longer lifespan.
Turn appliances off at the plug: appliances on standby can use up to 20% of the energy they use when they’re turned on. If you think of all the appliances you use during the day, such as a TV, computer, phone charger, it soon adds up. Flick the switch at the plug and that’s money in your pocket.
Avoid using a tumble dryer when you can: dry your clothes outside whenever possible. Tumble dryers are one of the biggest energy guzzlers in a home.
Get to know your usage: The single best way to reduce your electricity consumption is to get to know how you are currently using it. Learn how to read your electricity bill and examine it every month. Take daily meter readings to see how your mid-week usage compares to your weekend usage. You can even get monitoring devices that will break down your usage for you. If you have a smart meter, switching to a smart meter plan will allow you to see which appliances are using the most energy.