Energy saving tips by Pat Wrigley

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Wrigley's Electrical Services proudly servicing Hervey Bay, Maryborough and surrounds Most of us know the basic energy saving things to do around the home such as switching off lights when we leave a room and switching appliances off at the wall so that they’re not using standby power all the time.

Here are a few more tips that you might not know, and by using them you could save yourself a few hard earned dollars.

Keeping your fridge full is a great way to save power.

Whenever you open your fridge door all the cold air escapes, making your fridge work harder to keep things cool.

Replacing the air with something more solid (bottles of water are great) which will not leave your fridge every time you open the door will help it to stay cool, thus your fridge will not have to work as hard to do its job.

LED Lighting…

When you are in the market for new lights you should definitely consider buying LED fittings.

They’ll use up to 80% less power than conventional light fittings and have the added bonus of never having to replace blown light bulbs again.

They’re also dimmable unlike they’re compact fluorescent counterparts.

Have a pool?

Having a pool is great, but they can cost a bit to run.

Putting you pool filtration system on a cheaper tariff can reduce its running cost by about 50% and it may be as simple as changing a bit of wiring inside your switch board.

Give us a call and find out more.
Your desktop computer may be costing you a small fortune.

frontal Home office desk

A desktop computer can use anything from 80 – 250w+ of power.

While this may not seem like much a desktop left on all the time may be costing you a small fortune, money that could be better spent elsewhere in your household or business.

A desktop using an average of 150w left on all day at the current Tariff 11 price of 24.462c/kWh would cost around 88c. Left on all day everyday would cost you $321.43 a year.

The same goes for TV’s, a 40 inch LCD TV uses around 250w.

Buying new appliances? The more stars the more energy efficient… and expensive, right?

Even though some of these more energy efficient appliances are dearer to purchase, they can save you money in the long run.

Have a think about how often some your appliances run, some run for hours a day while others might run 24/7.

So whether it’s a new fridge, TV or dishwasher, have a look at the stars, it could save you a bit of cash.

Shower wisely!

Installing water-saving showerheads in your home will reduce the amount of hot water thus energy used. Showers should be kept short, about five minutes or less is good. Sharing a shower with your partner is also a good way to save hot water, and it’s fun.

You can also check the temperature setting on your hot water system. Setting the hot water temperature to 50 degrees will use a lot less power than if it were set to 75 degrees.

Please be aware: Changing the temperature setting on your hot water system may expose yourself to live parts, so this job may be best left to a licenced electrician.

Knowing how to best use your solar power.

For those of us who have solar panels on our roof but missed out on the 44c/kWh feed in tariff, you can still save yourself quite a bit of money.

By running things such as your washing machine, dishwasher, air conditioner and your pool filter as much as you can during the day you can take advantage of your free power from the sun. Don’t do too much at once though or you will start taking power back out of the grid.

As they say “make hay while the sun shines”, we say “use power while the sun shines”.

This fan is on, but nobody’s in the room. Why?

Fans are a great way to keep us cool, they’re energy efficient, cheap to install and they last a long time.

But having a fan running while there’s no one in the room isn’t keeping anyone cool, fans keep us cool by moving the heat away from our bodies by moving air.

A fan will not make a room cooler while you’re not in it, so save yourself some money and switch it off.

Air-Conditioner

Air Conditioning

How great is air conditioning, you can cool or heat a room to your optimum comfort level at the touch of a button. But it can cost a lot of money to run.

Reduce the need for cooling before resorting to the air conditioner by turning a fan on and opening up the house a bit. Or head outside to the patio of deck with a cold drink.

Reduce the need for heating before resorting to the air conditioner by closing up the house a bit and throwing on an extra layer of clothing or add a blanket, hot water bottle or electric blanket to your bed.

If you can’t stand the heat or cold any longer and you turn on your air conditioner:

– Close the doors to unused rooms to reduce the area you need to cool or heat.

– Keep curtains and outside window shades closed to reduce energy consumption as they can act like an insulator.

Look after your air conditioner, a clean air conditioner will run much more efficiently than a dirty one.

Dishwashers

I believe the dishwasher is one of the best appliances in the kitchen, everyone loves a good feed but nobody likes cleaning up afterwards. Especially when you’re having a party or on days like Christmas Day.

By running your dishwasher in a cost effective manner such as only running your dishwasher when it is full, like at the end of each day, or using the economy cycle when the dishes aren’t too dirty you can really help to bring your power bill down.

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