Energy-efficient domestic electrical solutions to cut down on your bills
The electricity we take for granted today powers almost every part of modern life; it keeps us warm, safe and connected to our loved ones. Despite being such a useful resource, however, this life-saving innovation can come at a high price.
In Australia, the average annual electricity bill can range from $1012 to $1444, depending on where you live.
Using electricity inefficiently can leave a sizable dent in your wallet—unless your home is running on solar power. With more electrical devices cropping up in the household, your bill can be expected to increase exponentially over time, especially with more people spending time indoors.
Here are a few domestic electrical solutions you can consider to make your home more energy-efficient.
Install energy-efficient lighting
A chunk of electricity you use every day may be consumed by your home’s lighting setup alone. Old lights, like filament bulbs, are pretty outdated and may use more electricity than they are worth.
One of the easiest things you can do, here, is replacing your old light bulbs with compact fluorescent lamps (CFL). CFLs are highly energy-efficient and are certified to use 50%-80% less energy than conventional lighting. They’re also very bright; one CFL light is generally enough to light up an entire room.
The only drawback worth mentioning, here, is that they can be a little bit more expensive than conventional light bulbs. What’s important to note is that this is just a one-time cost that repays itself over time in terms of greater energy savings.
Use a tankless water heater
If you have a water heater with a tank at home, you may want to replace it with a tankless water heater.
Tankless water heaters do not store water and heat water only when necessary. The reverse is true for models with tanks, which tend to consume plenty of energy.
Since tankless water heaters only heat water when required, a lot of the energy that may have been lost during standby is saved.
Other incidental benefits include that they take up less space and you can enjoy hot water at any time, without waiting for a tank to fill up.
Install solar panels
Solar panels are marvellous feats of engineering. They are a clean and efficient source of energy that, when paired with smart home devices, can even reduce your electrical usage altogether.
With over 2.65 million rooftop solar panels installed all over the country, solar power is fast becoming one of the most popular sources of energy in Australia. There are two kinds of solar panels available—photovoltaic solar panels, which convert sunlight into electricity and solar thermal panels, which heat your home and water using heat from sunlight.
Solar thermal panels can be a great alternative to using a water heater or a central heating unit for your home. If you consider installing both types of solar panels, you can expect to see a massive drop in your utility bills.
Replace your desktop computer with a laptop
If you have a desktop computer, another great way to become more energy-efficient is to switch to a laptop, which is powered by its battery. If you use it right, you only need to plug it in for charging for a limited period.
Most modern laptops tend to use less power than desktops, even when plugged in. What’s more, they’re built to power practically any requirements you have for a desktop computer.
Especially if you’re working from home, a laptop could, potentially, create a small reduction in your monthly electricity bill.
Save money and reduce your carbon footprint with energy-efficient domestic electrical solutions
With some of these domestic electrical solutions, it’s much easier to cut down on hefty electricity bills every month.
As an added precaution and to maximise your efficiency gains, make sure you’re carrying out domestic electrical maintenance to make sure there are no issues that could be eating into your wallet—or your home’s safety.