Flick off switch to save

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

SWITCH­ING off in the kitchen and laun­dry will switch on some se­ri­ous house­hold sav­ings.

Satur­day, Jan­uary 10, was Cut Your En­ergy Costs Day and one of the coun­try’s lead­ing house­hold fi­nance ex­perts said cut­ting power costs need not be a strain.

Miles Lar­bey, the se­nior ex­ec­u­tive leader of the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment’s MoneyS­mart web­site, gave a range of tips for the re­gion’s house­hold­ers to save on their en­ergy bills.

“Switch off your heater, air-con­di­tioner and lights in rooms you’re not us­ing,” Mr Lar­bey said.

Sim­ple tips in­cluded turn­ing off ap­pli­ances at the power point and us­ing the wash­ing ma­chine and dish­washer only when they were full.

Biggen­den res­i­dent Chris­tine Holder said “friends of ours did the ex­per­i­ment of turn­ing off ap­pli­ances where nec­es­sary”.

“When they com­pared ac­counts they found they had only saved two or three dol­lars in the quar­ter,” she said.

Er­gon En­ergy spokesper­son Mark

MoneyS­mart’s Miles Lar­bey Switch off... in rooms you’re not us­ing.

Tim­mer­man said clean air-con­di­tion­ers made a dif­fer­ence to power bills.

A medium-sized unit (around 6kW) run­ning for eight hours a day at a set­ting of 25 de­grees could cost about $230 per quar­ter.

This same unit run­ning in­ef­fi­ciently with dirty fil­ters at an 18-de­gree set­ting for the same num­ber of hours could cost twice as much to run.

“Keep­ing fil­ters clean will mean the ma­chine does not have to work as hard and will also save you money.”

Sarah Can­nata, from en­ergy com­par­i­son ser­vice HelpMeChoose.com.au, said the na­tional Cut Your En­ergy Costs Day helped to re­mind house­hold­ers how to save big bucks on their power bills.

“There are a num­ber of sim­ple changes Aus­tralians can make that could see their util­ity bills re­duced, po­ten­tially sav­ing them money,” Ms Can­nata said.

She said us­ing en­er­gy­ef­fi­cient ap­pli­ances, swap­ping air-con­di­tion­ers for fans and for­sak­ing the oven for less en­ergy-in­ten­sive ap­pli­ances such as fry pans would make a big dif­fer­ence.


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