The cost of energy consumption is continually rising, with South Australia being home to the highest electricity prices in the nation.
At Esena Energy, we are here to help you take control of your energy consumption and costs, and that’s why we have created this guide.
We reveal 7 guaranteed ways to slash your energy bills so you can enjoy lower living costs, regain financial freedom and use that spare cash to treat yourself to the luxuries you’ve been dreaming of.
Compare your rates
Choosing a provider can be overwhelming; many people often don’t know where to start and fall into the trap of choosing the easiest option.
However, more often than not, this is not the most cost-effective choice.
If you want to reduce your electricity bill, the first place to start is to investigate the available provider options and compare rates.
This is the easiest way to save money instantly.
There are competitive rates out there that may be more affordable than your current provider, so why not shop around!
Install a solar system and battery
In a world that needs us to be more considerate of our environment, it’s important to consider a seriously cost-effective and environmentally friendly solution.
That’s where the solar system comes into play – a system that utilises natural energy to be consumed within your home, with excess being exported back into the grid.
By going solar, there are real savings to be had, no matter the size of your home.
Even a small solar system can knock significant costs off of your electricity bill.
Plus, at Esena Energy, our solar systems have a positive return on investment in under 3 years, guaranteed.
Why not hold the “power” in your hands!
Additionally, including a battery in your solar mix can be an absolute game changer.
Batteries provide the opportunity to store excess energy during the day that can then be utilised in the evening, on low solar gain days or during a power outage.
Just imagine not having to worry about losing power to your home…
Plus, if your solar system generates more energy than your battery can store, the excess will be exported to the grid and you could receive a credit for the amount exported.
In South Australia, there is a battery subsidy of $300 per kWh (up to a maximum amount of $4,000), which has the potential to halve the cost of an installed battery.
Make use of off-peak pricing
Australia’s energy grid reaches peak demand during certain hours of the day, which can affect the price you pay for energy consumption.
Electricity costs the most during peak times, which fall between 4 and 9pm on weekdays.
During shoulder periods, electricity costs slightly less than peak pricing. Shoulder rates apply between 7am and 4pm, and 9 and 10pm.
Our top tip is to capitalise on off-peak pricing where possible, to secure the cheapest electricity prices.
Off-peak pricing falls between 10pm and 7am.
To make the most of this pricing, why not turn your dishwasher on at 10pm before you go to bed?
This way, you’ll pay less and your clean load will also be ready for the morning!
Note: Actual changing windows may vary depending on distributor
Introduce stand-by power controllers
Did you know that a device in standby mode is still using energy?
However, thanks to stand-by power controllers, this may be an issue of the past.
These controllers automatically switch off appliances when unattended or not in use, turning them back on when they are required – a great way to preserve energy and save money
Cool your home slowly
While cranking the air conditioner on high often seems like the ideal way to cool down the house, this quick fix method will see your energy usage skyrocket.
It is much more energy efficient to cool your house slowly over time, opposed to blasting the air conditioner for quicker results.
On those extra hot summer days, try turning off additional heat-emitting culprits.
This includes the television, computers and lamps – all of these appliances generate large amounts of heat and force your air conditioner to work overtime to keep the house cool.
Switching these off will reduce energy consumption and will be sure to positively impact your next energy bill.
Insulate your home
Home insulation helps to keep your home cool during the summer, while retaining heat throughout winter.
It is also one of the most cost-effective ways to improve your home’s energy efficiency.
Believe it or not, insulation can save a typical home up to 45% on electricity costs annually.
Plus, some types of insulation also assist with soundproofing.
Even if you already have insulation, it is recommended that you check it every year to make sure it has not sagged or been damaged.
Even minor faults in insulation can have a negative impact on temperature and cost efficiency.
Here’s how much heat your home can lose without proper insulation:
Switch to LED lighting
LED lighting uses up to 80% less energy and lasts up to 25 times longer than incandescent lighting.
This means that you’ll not only have to change your light bulbs less often, but you will also see greater benefits in your wallet.
LED globes provide full brightness and thanks to government schemes, your home may be eligible for an LED upgrade on up to 40 globes.
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At Esena Energy, we specialise in LED lighting, solar systems and energy management solutions.
We partner with our clients for the long term to provide ongoing system performance monitoring, latest technology, training, servicing and investment verification.