As of 2019, over 2.23 million rooftop solar systems were installed throughout Australia. Many people have discovered the benefits of going green. Along with sustainable energy, everyone should take steps to conserve resources and have a positive impact.
Connect Electric wants to help more people in Castle Hill find ways to reduce their electricity consumption without completely changing their lifestyle. You can continue to live comfortably with modern conveniences and cut back on your utility bills. Try the following to begin living greener in Australia.
• Unplug Devices to Stop Idle Energy Consumption
Did you know that turning off an electric device isn’t enough to stop it from consuming energy? Your television, computer, and other electronics continue using power when they are off. This is completely wasted energy that’s still going to show up on your electric bill. Unplug as many devices and appliances as you can when not in use.
• Change Your Incandescent Bulbs to LED Lights
If you haven’t already, now is a great time to upgrade to LED light bulbs. LEDs contain no mercury and generate no heat. They work for up to 50,000 hours, which is over 40 times longer than incandescent bulbs. They improve efficiency by 60% to 70%.
The cost may seem high at first, but you’ll see significant long-term savings. You can slowly transition to LEDs by buying one or two at a time to replace your incandescent bulbs as they burn out.
• Install Energy-Efficient Appliances in Your Home
Read the packaging on new appliances and choose models that are energy efficient. Look for the energy rating to view annual consumption averages and efficiency.
The government standard label uses a one to six star system. Find an appliance that offers the capacity you need then compare it to similarly sized products to find the best combination of performance, price, and energy rating.
• Lower Your Water Heater Temperature
Turn down your water heater temperature to lower its energy usage. Even a few degrees lower can make a noticeable difference. You still get hot water, but you won’t be paying more than you should for the luxury. You can also consider solar-powered models that will give you even more savings.
• Wash Full Loads of Dishes and Laundry
Instead of washing half-full loads of dishes and laundry, wait until you have a full load to turn on the appliance. You’ll get the same cleaning quality but will be doing more at once so fewer loads are required. This saves energy and lowers water use, which will put less stress on your water heater.
• Switch To Solar Energy
Switch to solar energy as much as you can in your Hills household. Installing a rooftop system will make your property energy independent and help you control your monthly costs. You can choose a system with a capacity that will cover all or part of your energy needs.
• Have an Energy Audit Done on Your Home
If you would like personalised information on going green, schedule an energy audit. Electricians are available to go over your usage and determine which devices are consuming the most power. Find out where you could cut consumption for bigger savings and a greener lifestyle.
Adopt some or all of these methods today and see just how much money you can save by lowering your energy usage.