Flick off switch to save
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.
– APN NEWSDESK