22 March 2018

Ready to maximise those power savings?

                Step one – Move to a wholesale power provider – CHECK

                Step two – Read this blog for awesome power savings tips – IN PROGRESS

                Step three – Spend that additional cash on things you really want – OH YEAH

Now that you have made the move to a wholesale power provider there are a range of things that you can do to really maximise your power savings. Check out a few of our favourites below: 

    • Keep an eye on the spot price of power and run your large appliances when it’s low. Don’t use the dishwasher at 6pm when every man and his dog are in the kitchen – set it up to run overnight. 
    • Switch to cold water cycles for laundry. A hot water wash can use 10 times more power than a cold wash. You can still run a hot wash now and then and continue to see your savings. 
    • Use the clothes line or drying rack instead of your clothes dryer (Your dryer costs about $1 per load). If you do need to use the clothes dryer remember to clean the lint filter – just by removing the filter and giving it a good vacuum. This can significantly improve your dryer’s energy efficiency, thereby reducing its running costs. 
    • Break out the crock pot. Running a slow cooker all day uses a third of the electricity compared with cooking a roast in an electric oven for two hours. You’ll also be maximising those low spot prices while most of us are at work. 
    • Check your heat pump filter. It needs vacuuming every 3 months. If you haven’t cleaned it all year, you’ll immediately notice the difference. By keeping the filter clean you’ll also be increasing the life expectancy of your heat pump – added bonus! 
    • Draught-proof your home. Are your door hinges loose or your window latches rattily? Grab a screwdriver and tighten them up. If that doesn’t work, buy some vinyl strips that adhere to the insides of the window frames to achieve a better seal between the window and the frame. 
    • Reduce shower time. I know that in winter there is nothing better than a long hot shower but did you know a 15 minute shower costs around $1 a pop? A family of 4 could be saving around $900 a year just by taking shorter showers. 
    • Revisit your childhood with a wheat bag or hot water bottle. It costs next to nothing to fill a hot water bottle or heat a wheat bag, and they’re a great way to keep the bed warm in a pinch. Plus they are super cozy! 
    • Turn appliances off at the wall when you’re not using them. This can save you more than $100 a year that you’re paying by leaving them in standby mode. 
    • Use energy efficient bulbs or turn lights off when you’re not using them. Each energy efficient bulb you use can save you up to $20 a year. 
    • Close your curtains in the early evening and use draught stoppers to stop heat escaping. 
    • And finally, you know that beer/spare fridge you’ve got downstairs? Well these can cost you $200 per year to run if it’s older or inefficient. So it might be time to consider getting rid of it or turning it off unless you really need it. 

One of our favourite things about Power Direct is that our weekly billing makes it so easy for you to see your power savings come into play. Why not have a go at implementing even one of these tips and then compare your usage and savings against your previous bill to see your savings grow.

Haven’t made the move to wholesale power yet? What are you waiting for – Jump across to our application form now! You can also give us a call on 0800 463 473 for more information on our wholesale power model or additional saving tips.

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