5 tips for saving energy in the bathroom
Although it is one of the smaller rooms, the bathroom is often one of the principal offenders of excess electricity consumption in your home.
Statistics from the Department of Industry and Science show that the bathroom is punching well above its weight, with water heating alone chipping in for nearly a quarter of an average household's power usage. And electricity isn't cheap, as proven by the Energy Users Association of Australia, which found that electricity prices Down Under are more expensive than most other developed countries.
Want to cut your power bill down to size but don't know where to start? Here are some handy tips on reducing electricity usage in your bathroom.
Avoid battery-powered devices that require charging. This includes electric razors, toothbrushes, nose-trimmers and anything else you keep hidden in your bathroom. Often you can do just as good a job with a products that don't use electricity and a bit of elbow grease.
Heated towel rails
Set a timer on your heated towel rail, so that it is only active for a few hours of the day instead of 24. By scheduling your towel rail, you'll save money while still having warm, fluffy towels when you want them.
Showers and baths
However tempting a hot, bubbly, luxurious and power-hungry bath may be, avoid it if possible. Take a shower instead and you will make significant savings. According to the SA government, to cut down on water heating costs you should aim to keep your showers less than four minutes - buy a cheap timer to help.
If you notice your taps leaking, replace the seals and washers. If it's a hot water tap, you will be wasting both water and electricity. According to SuperGreen Solutions, a leaking hot water tap can waste enough water each day to shower an extra person.
Figures from the Department of Industry and Science show that lighting makes up for 6 per cent of an average household's total power consumption. This is probably due in part to the terrible inefficiencies of the classic incandescent bulbs, peppered throughout Australian homes. Replace these bulbs with modern lights, like compact fluorescent lamps that are up to 80 per cent more efficient. You will still get the same light, only at a much cheaper rate.
If you are looking to save money, the best thing you can do is talk to the team at Make It Cheaper. They will compare electricity prices from Australia's leading energy suppliers before setting you up to benefit from the best rates. What's more, it's all completely free.
Posted by Nikki Wilson-Everett