Smart saving tips - how to cut down on power bills (Part One)

Looking for ways to cut down on utility costs this winter? With electricity prices set to rise across Australia, it's worth taking the time to consider just how energy efficient your home is.

Here are a few simple tips that can save you money while keeping you warm and dry during the winter months.

Invest in your appliances

While it might be tempting to go for the cheapest option when it comes to buying appliances for your home, these items tend to be less energy efficient than the more expensive brands - and can often cost you more in the long run. 

You should also take an extra second to completely switch off appliances like TVs and computers rather than leaving them in standby mode, which will continue to drain electricity.

Consider your curtains

A lot of heat can be lost through your windows, so it might be worthwhile to consider investing in thermal backed curtains in order to minimise this effect.

It's also important to ensure that your curtains cover the entire window and that you are drawing them as soon as the sun goes down and the temperature starts to drop.

Review your refrigerator

Make sure the seal on your refrigerator door is still tight and keeping the cold air in and keeping the fridge door closed whenever possible is a great way of saving a little extra on your power bills.

Ensure that your refrigerated food is not packed tightly - cold air needs room to circulate and too many items means the refrigerator needs to work overtime to keep temperatures down.

Posted by Charlie Moore