A few simple steps to energy saving this season

We're in the middle of spring and summer is on its way, so what better time to have your own spring clean of your household energy use?

Before you turn up the AC and watch your power bills soar, think about these ideas for a more efficient home and take them on board for some great cost reductions.

First things first

First of all, take a look at your energy provider. Electricity prices are generally quite high at the moment, so finding the best deal possible is a priority.

An electricity comparison service can make this easy for you, by displaying and comparing all the different deals available online. Then you can see which one will be the cheapest for you and your household. Many people switch providers and make significant savings.

If you look online, make sure you're reading prices in cents per kilowatt hour (c/KWh) so that you are comparing them accurately.

Watch out for any hidden service fees and how often you will be charged. Don't be afraid to ask for a special deal! The world of electricity is more negotiable than you may think.

Real benefits - how much can I save?

There are plenty of things you can do to reduce your electricity bill in addition to getting the cheapest deal from a retailer.

For example, did you know that washing clothes in cold water rather hot water can save you around $124 a year?

What about that switching off gaming consoles after use can save you up to $169? That's a great one to tell the kids who simply put the controllers down and walk away after a game.
Overall, the biggest factors that impact upon energy use are the climate, your home's size, its design, its features and appliances and your habits and lifestyle.

For example, if the climate is hot then you will spend more than average. If your home is big you usually use more power.

If your home is designed with energy efficiency in mind, then it is likely to be a more economical option with cheaper energy bills. But if you fill it up with appliances that churn through electricity, these benefits will be lessened.

Personal habits also affect your energy bill, such as how long you shower for, how much laundry you do and how much you cook and use your heating and cooling.

Identify areas where you can improve and go for it.

Posted by Callum Fleming