Four ways you can re­duce your elec­tric­ity bill now.

The Gympie Times - - NEWS -

WITH yet an­other elec­tric­ity price rise un­der our belts since July this year, the av­er­age Aussie house­hold is now hand­ing over $600 more per year on elec­tric­ity alone, while small busi­nesses have been hit even harder.

We for one, think there are far bet­ter ways to spend six hun­dred dol­lars (and more), so we’ve put to­gether a few tips that will help you to dras­ti­cally re­duce your elec­tric­ity bill now, and pro­tect you (and your back pocket) against fu­ture price hikes.

1. Check your hot wa­ter sys­tem

Con­sid­ered the most power-hun­gry part of the home, an in­ef­fi­cient hot wa­ter sys­tem could be burn­ing a hole in your pocket. Start out by as­sess­ing if your hot wa­ter sys­tem is right for you. If the sys­tem is too small for your house­hold, heat­ing it mul­ti­ple times a day to keep up with the de­mand gets costly. Sec­ondly, dust the cob­webs off the back side of your elec­tric­ity bill and check your hot wa­ter is on Tar­iff 33. Tar­iff 33 is a con­trolled load tar­iff, pro­vid­ing elec­tric­ity for up to 18 hours a day at a dis­counted rate. If you’re not sure, one of our en­ergy con­sul­tants can pro­vide you with a free en­ergy ef­fi­cient con­sul­ta­tion.

2. Shoot for the star rat­ing

Its es­ti­mated forty per­cent of our en­ergy us­age goes to heat­ing and cooling our homes, short of ren­o­vat­ing your home to im­prove your pas­sive air­flow, fit­ting an en­ergy ef­fi­cient air con­di­tion­ing unit to cool a ded­i­cated space or a ducted sys­tem to man­age the temperature of your whole home are both good op­tions, and sig­nif­i­cantly cheaper than run­ning mul­ti­ple space heaters or cool­ers all day long.

3. Stay calm and get so­lar

It goes with­out say­ing the most ef­fec­tive way to re­duce your elec­tric­ity bill sig­nif­i­cantly is to use your roof and draw power free from the sun. There has never been a bet­ter time to in­vest in so­lar. With gen­er­ous gov­ern­ment re­bates still avail­able, and a sig­nif­i­cant drop in the price of a good qual­ity sys­tem, so­lar just makes good sense. Let’s break it down… a 5kW sys­tem will set you back about $5k, and the av­er­age home spends ap­prox. $500 per quar­ter on elec­tric­ity, that’s $2,000 per year that ef­fec­tively off sets the cost of your PV sys­tem, de­pen­dant the way you con­sume elec­tric­ity, so that’s po­ten­tially a pay­back pe­riod of un­der three years, and some se­ri­ous sav­ings now, and well in to the fu­ture.

4. Con­sider Bat­tery stor­age

If you’re like most of us, and spend most of your day at work, your home is run­ning at min­i­mum power con­sump­tion, which just also hap­pens to be the op­ti­mum time to be har­vest­ing so­lar en­ergy to power your home.

By adding a bat­tery, you can store en­ergy gen­er­ated through the day to power your home into the evening when elec­tric­ity is most ex­pen­sive and your home is also at peak con­sump­tion.

We are gen­uinely pas­sion­ate about the ben­e­fits of a good qual­ity en­ergy so­lu­tions de­signed to de­liver you real sav­ings. If you’re ready to take con­trol of your en­ergy fu­ture, and you’re look­ing for hon­est, trust­wor­thy ad­vice from your lo­cal en­ergy con­trac­tor, call SAE on 1300 18 20 50. To find out more visit www.sae­

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