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4 activities to do this weekend to reduce your energy bill

4 activities to do this weekend to reduce your energy bill

By Carly Nichols

Looking for activities to do this weekend? With more Aussie’s working from home, energy bills are expected to be on the rise.

Check out our Brighte ideas on how you can reduce your energy bills over just one weekend.

Brighte Tip 1: Switch to LED’s
LED's use 75% less energy than halogen light bulbs and last 5 to 10 times longer. If you replaced 10 halogen light bulbs with LED's, an average household can expect to save around $650 over 10 years on their electricity bill. (Energy.gov.au)

Brighte Tip 2: Minimise your heating and cooling costs.
Around 40% of home energy consumption goes towards heating and cooling. For every degree you increase heating and cooling, you increase energy use between 5% and 10% (Energy.gov.au). Choose your temperature for summer and winter and insulate your home, you can do this via closing off rooms not in use, and only heating and cooling areas of your home that you are using.

Brighte Tip 3: Turn off appliances not in use
Did you know appliances on standby can cost over $100 per year in wasted electricity? It’s easy to leave your television, microwave, dishwasher and charger on while they are not being used, an unfortunate way to increase your bills without any benefit (Canstar).

Brighte Tip 4: Organise a clean of your solar panels
Whilst wind and rain can clean your panels to an extent, to really make sure your panels are optimised, you will need to clean your panels properly. As your system is connected to an active electrical current, you will need a professional to be able to safely disconnect the system, access your roof using safe height practices and reconnect your system after the cleaning is completed.

Disclaimer: The information provided in this article is general in nature and does not constitute advice. Please consider your own personal circumstances prior to making any decisions.

Sources:
Australian Government, Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources, https://www.energy.gov.au/households/lighting
Australian Government, Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources, https://www.energy.gov.au/energy-sector-response-novel-coronavirus-covid-19/information-australian-households
Canstar Blue, https://www.canstarblue.com.au/electricity/9-ways-to-cut-the-cost-of-your-electricity-bill/

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