When it comes to energy, every household is different.
Energy use varies from appliance to appliance and season to season, particularly when large household appliances are in use like fridges, freezers and washing machines. Or when ‘seasonal’ appliances are turned on and cranked up, like air conditioners in summer, or gas heaters and clothes dryers in winter.
And as we know, when energy usage goes up, so too can your energy bills.
The good news is there's plenty you can do to lower your bills by changing how and when you use energy.
It’s never too late to take a fresh look at your household energy use. Households are dynamic and your energy use and consumption can change – sometimes by something as simple as upgrading an old appliance.
Take a look at what appliances you currently use and their Energy Rating Label. Then, look at how and when you use your appliances, and how long for.
There are some basic things you can do to reduce your energy use simply by changing some of your behaviours.
Ask any West Aussie, we live in the sunniest state in Australia with over 3,000 daylight hours on average each year.
So, why not make the most of the sun?
Solar is one of the most affordable renewable energy sources available today. It will require upfront investment, but it will provide future savings on your energy bill.
Things get interesting when you have solar panels. Unless you have a home battery storage unit, the energy you generate will need to be used as it is generated.
You’ll generate the most energy when your solar panels are exposed to full sunlight. This will be sometime between 9am and 3pm in summer, depending on which direction your solar panels are facing.
With solar, the time of day does matter. Look for changes you can make to ensure you’re using energy while your solar is generating. Simple things, like running your pool pump or washing machine, or charging your mobile or laptop during the day.
You can also set how long you leave your appliances on for.
Modern air conditioners have a timer feature that can enable you to set when and how long you’d like to run your air conditioner. Try running the air conditioner to cool the room during the day or in the evening, but set it to turn off in the early hours of the morning before the sun rises. Those couple of hours in the morning will save energy.
As the season changes so too does our energy use. Heating and cooling are the highest contributors to your energy bill. Carefully manage your air conditioner usage in summer and increase the temperature to the recommended range of 21-25°c. For more ideas, check out our blog with our top tips for cooling.
To help you save, we’re putting some of the best tips we’ve learnt over the past 25 years on our website.