Simple steps to slash power bills

TURNING off that big screen TV, changing the temperature on your air conditioner, or turning the dishwasher on when you go to bed could make all the difference to your rising electrical costs.

When it comes to saving on your electricity bill, the word you must remember is “peak demand”.

Most electricity users tend to use more electricity later in the day, between about 4pm and 8pm, and earlier in the morning, between about 5am to 9am.

As people arrive home from work, the lights are switched on, air conditioning set to a cool temperature, the TV is turned on and family members begin to cook dinner, have showers and wash clothes.

All of this evening activity contributes to a significant spike in residential energy usage, what is referred to as peak demand.

If you can lower your contribution to peak demand, you can not only save money on your bill but also contribute to the council expanding capital works, so new power infrastructure is not being built only to specifically cater for peak times.

Reducing peak demand is not about stopping your use of electricity but stopping and thinking when and how to use appliances.

“Make sure your electrical purchases have a high energy efficiency rating,” said Ergon Energy corporate communications manager Bob Pleash. “Ensure appliances are in good working order, ensure fridges are sealing properly and replace old light globes with energy efficient ones.”

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