Energy Saving Ideas

With the price of electricity rising, have you wondered what you can do to reduce your power bill and save you money??? Below are a few ideas for you to consider:

L.E.D. Lighting
Did you know that you could save up to 90% of your lighting costs by installing L.E.D. lights in your home, commercial premises and/or factory!!

L.E.D. lights are the most cost effective and energy efficient way to save on your power bill and help preserve our enviornment.

Some interesting facts:
  • With each light bulb Eco Energy Qld installs for you, you can save between $25 - $30 per year
  • Each L.E.D. globe lasts between 10 - 25 years (approximately). 
  • A 5watt L.E.D. globe has the equivalent light output of a 50watt halogen globe
  • You can choose from over 1000 different globes including 5watt & 9watt in warm, cool or colour changing globes

Changing over your pool tariff
It is estimated that pool filtration systems connected to continuous supply tariffs, such as Tariff 11 can cost a household around $640 a year to run, depending on pump size and filtration settings. Connecting to Tariff 33 reduces electricity costs and provides typical savings of approximately $200 a year.

Only a licensed Electrical Contractor can undertake this work for you, and lodge applicable paperwork with your energy provider on your behalf also.

What you need to know:
  • Electricity supply is available for at least 18 hours per day on Tariff 33 and is switched via load control equipment supplied and maintained by the electricity distributors.
  • Specific times of supply are at the distributors' discretion, however as a general rule, supply will be restricted around residential network peak times; 6am-9am and 4pm-8pm. 

Below are some great tips for everyday living for you to implement if you want to keep down your costs:
  • Turn down the thermostat on your electric hot water system by 5 degrees, and you could reduce you electricity consumption by up to 5%. But be sure to never let your thermostat go any lower than 60C. Failure to let it drop below this can cause bacteria build up in your system and can be extremely harmful for yourself and family.
  • When heating your house, turn down the temperature by just one degree and you can reduce your power bill by up to 15%.
  • When cooling your house, turning up your air conditioner by just one degree could save up to 10% off the running costs.
  • Switch off all of your applicances at the wall, most importantly your TVs, stereos and PCs. This could save you between $5 and $15 per year per appliance.
  • Still got your trusty old bar fridge sitting out the back keeping your beers cool?? By taking it to the tip you can save $250 a year.
  • By having insulation installed in your roofspace, you can reduce heating requirements by up to 30%.
  • Hang your clothes out to dry on the line instead of using your dryer -  this could save you approximately $150 a year.
  • Gas is generally cheaper to use than electricity. If you use electricity to cook, use the microwave where possible, and use an electric kettle to heat your water instead of a stovetop.Be sure to only fill the kettle with minimum amount of water needed as any more will just waste energy.
  • A Fridge/freezer needs space at the top, back and sides to shed excess heat, so ensure yours has appropriate ventilation space so that it doesn't have to work harder to keep its oool!. For appliances with exposed rear coils, be sure to vacuum or wipe the dust off. Check door seals regularly to ensure they are kept clean and still seal well. Place your fridge/freezer in a cool spot away from direct sun and any other heat sources. The recommended operating temperature for a fridge is 3 to 5°C, anything below this will cost you more to run and can cause it to frost up. A freezers recommended range is -15 to -18°C. Make sure you regularly remove frost build-up to keep it running at its optimum ouput.
  • When buying a home, building, renovating or renting, look for high energy-efficiency and install energy-efficient appliances and lighting. All new homes and major renovations in Australia must meet basic energy performance requirements. To find out how you can make further energy and monetary savings visit: http://www.yourhome.gov.au

To discuss your options for saving energy at your premises, give Nick a call today on 044 888 5084.