Winter Energy Saving Tips Series
Electricity bills can be a nightmare for anybody. This statement comes as no surprise considering the rising energy costs. Families and businesses are being but under constant financial pressure. You shouldn’t have to sacrifice your comfort in winter just to save some money on your bill. This is why the team at Omega Solar+Batteries is here to help you survive the colder months without having to sacrifice comfort for you and your family. With winter fast approaching, here’s how you can save with Omega! Here are our winter energy saving tips.
First Place to Start?
We wouldn’t be a solar energy retailer without suggesting the switch to solar energy. This is a cost-effective way to get on top of your electricity bill for the long term. With electricity prices only set to increase in the coming years, switching to renewable energy sooner will net you higher savings long-term. Take advantage of the healthy Government rebates available and consider the switch to solar.
Solar technology has become more advanced and affordable than ever. Solar panels and battery storage are the most preferred option for renewable energy. This is because they are readily available, convenient and allow you to generate and store your own clean energy.
Although there is a financial cost to consider when switching, this can be managed through payment plans. Not to mention you can take advantage of government subsidies and no-interest loans. To access these, you may need to check with your solar energy provider. Your energy bills will decrease as you are paying back the cost of your solar installation. This is because you will be compensated at a rate agreed on by your solar energy provider for any excess solar energy fed back into the grid. Choice (2018) estimated that in Brisbane, the average time for a 5kW solar system to essentially pay for itself in 4 years. Once fully paid off, your solar system will continue to save you money for its entire lifetime. The amount you save will vary depending on different factors. This includes your energy consumption, the time of day you consume the most power, and whether your solar system has the capacity to store solar energy.
Simple Winter Energy Saving Tips
These changes will show you that even the smallest changes can make a big difference to your energy costs.
Firstly, find out what consumes the most energy… target these appliances and reduce their use. You can conduct your own energy audit with a wattmeter (these may be available either from your local council or at an electronics store).
Review your Tariffs
Identify the best tariff choice for your heating/hot water to reduce your costs. Start by inspecting your electricity bill or contacting your electricity provider to access more information regarding Tariffs.
Rethink your schedule
For solar systems without battery storage, consider running most of your bigger appliances during the day. Run your dishwasher, do your laundry, or consider using time delays for the oven, slow cooker, laundry, etc. As solar energy is only generated during the day, try getting the most out of your solar panels during this time. Utilise free solar energy during the day and potentially save money by using less energy during expensive peak times (which most commonly are the early morning and evening). To receive more information regarding off-peak times to better consume less expensive energy, check your electricity bill or contact your electricity provider.
Ensure your house is closed and secure to seal off draughts. Closing doors and windows are the first steps. You can even go further by installing draught excluders, weather-stripping doors and sealing any holes or cracks with silicone. This not only reduces your reliance on heating, but also always keeps your house secure.
Monitor your hot water
Take shorter showers (1 minute less can equal up to 9 litres saved on most newer showerheads) and even wash your clothes in cold water.
Lower your Thermostat
Save approximately 3% on energy use for each degree you lower your heating system
Combat the cold weather through more sustainable methods such as warm PJs, slippers and bed socks. Ensure you still get a good night’s rest by using extra doonas or blankets. Don’t forget to layer your clothing (thermal leggings, tops, a down jacket or vest).
Use your appliances when they are full! It is more efficient because you will need to use these less often, saving energy.
Ensure you are always on top of your energy usage by checking your solar monitoring software. Don’t have solar? Look around for an appropriate monitoring system to install. Your most recent electricity bill is a great place to start.
Wash in Cold Water
Wash your clothes on a cold-water cycle. This can save you up to $115 a year in electricity costs.
Create New Habits
Shower at work or the gym if they have the facilities available. Open the fridge less often. Consider drying clothes on the line or inside on a clothes horse instead of putting them in the clothes dryer. Turn off heating and lights while you are not at home. Do not leave appliances on standby mode as they still consume energy.
Follow the Sun
Make use of the sun’s location during the winter months. By keeping the South facing windows covered and opening blinds/curtains on North facing windows will allow the sun to reduce the need for heating through energy use.
To maintain efficiency, ensure you arrange a solar panel clean regularly and have a professional service on your reverse cycle air conditioner. Clean Have your filter cleaned and serviced regularly by a qualified professional.