Power meters can help identify energy pitfalls

Power usage meters may be a useful indicator of how much electricity your household appliances are using - and therefore how much your bills are costing.

These meters can be used on any household appliance - including microwaves, computers, refrigerators and even televisions - to test their individual energy consumption.

Usage meters are currently included in home sustainability kits in rural NSW, which can be borrowed from the public libraries at Crookwell and Gunning as part of the Green Upper Lachlan Project.

In addition to the power usage meters, the kits also contain non-contact infrared thermometers, which allow people to assess the running temperature of electric appliances, as well as identify any spots where heat is lost in the home - including through walls, ceilings and windows.

The Crookwell Gazette reports that the new initiative could help people learn more about ways to save energy in their home.

Of course, cutting down on your overall energy consumption is a great way to make your power bill cheaper, but you also may wish to consider switching electricity suppliers.

Rates can differ between providers, so you may wish to regularly investigate your options to ensure you are getting the best possible deal.