How to save money on your Mount Isa electricity bill
It’s no secret that power bills have been rising over the past year or so around Australia, and Mount Isa is no exception. Read on to find out about our top 10 tips for how to save money on your Mt Isa electricity bill.
Tip 1: Install solar panels
Installing solar panels on your roof allows you to use the sun to generate energy, helping you to save money on your power bills. Solar panels can also increase your home’s value and make it more attractive to potential tenants.
You can read more about the pros and cons of installing solar panels here.
Tip 2: Buy energy-efficient appliances
All major electric appliances like fridges, washing machines, dryers and dishwashers come with energy rating labels. These labels provide an energy-efficient rating for the appliance ranging from 1 to 6 stars. The more stars an appliance has on its label, the more energy-efficient it is and the less power it will use.
So, the next time you need to buy an electrical appliance, look at its energy rating label before you buy and choose an energy-efficient make and model.
Tip 3: Insulate your home
If you don’t already have insulation batts in your ceiling, consider installing them. They will help to keep your home cooler in summer and warmer in winter.
Tip 4: Install thick curtains and/or double-glazed windows
Think curtains are a cost-effective way to help block the heat coming through your windows during summer. Installing double-glazed windows is another effective but more expensive option. Both think curtains and double-glazed windows can also help you to sleep better by helping to regulate your home’s temperature.
Tip 5: Make the most of natural light
Using natural light as much as you can reduces the length of time you have your lights switched on. One smart way to use more natural light is to install a skylight.
You should also get into the habit of turning lights off when you leave a room. The savings all add up over time.
Tip 6: Use a ducted air con system
Ducted air con systems are more energy-efficient than split systems, so they use less power. So, if you’re looking to buy a new system, consider getting a ducted one instead.
You can read more about the pros and cons of ducted air con systems here.
Tip 7: Don’t run your air conditioner 24/7
Regardless of whether you have a ducted or split air con system, don’t run it 24/7. Ceiling fans (if you have them) are cheaper than running an air conditioner to cool your home, so you may be able to use them at night or other times instead.
Tip 8: Regularly clean your air conditioning filter
Cleaning your air conditioning filter helps your system to work more efficiently so it will use less power. It’s quick and easy to do. You should do it at least two times a year, and more if you use it a lot.
You can read more about how to clean your air conditioning filter here.
Tip 9: Monitor your hot water usage
Hot water heating can be up to 20% of your electricity bill, and showers are the main area where hot water is used. Try to avoid long hot showers and make sure that none of your hot water taps leak. You should also consider washing your clothes in cold water instead.
Tip 10: Use a clothesline rather than a dryer
We get plenty of heat in Mount Isa to dry your clothes, so use your clothesline instead of a dryer.
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We’d be happy to provide you with advice and to answer any property questions you have.