Three ways keep your energy costs down

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It can be a struggle to keep your household electricity costs down, especially if you are living with technology-addicted teenagers or you simply have a large family.

When today's youngsters spend so much time using electrical appliances such as computers, PlayStations, Xboxes and more, it can seem like trying to get your energy use down is an uphill battle!

Electricity prices can be tough to keep up with, so it is important to keep trying to manage your energy usage as best you can in order to save money.

You can also consult an electricity comparison service to make sure you're getting the best possible deal.

In the meantime, here are three ways in which you can try and manage energy usage around the home.

Choose your appliances wisely

Some appliances operate more efficiently than others, and when it comes to big energy users like fridges, freezers, washing machines and dryers, this can translate into major savings on your electric bill.

Luckily, manufacturers these days are making an effort to specify the kind of efficiency their appliances operate at, so shoppers can make more informed choices.

Australian legislation requires certain appliances to carry an energy label or to have been registered for minimum energy performance standards (MEPS).

An energy rating label will show between one and ten stars how efficient the item is, with ten stars signifying the most efficient. You'll see this label on items such as air conditioners, dishwashers, televisions and freezers.

If you're looking to make a new purchase of one of these items, it's definitely worth considering the energy efficiency of the product.

Send the kids outside

If your kids spend hours on the computer or Xbox daily, they’re using up a lot of your household’s energy, but very little of their own boundless supply!

Try limiting the amount of time your children have access to their games. Encourage them to do something more creative with their time, or to go and play some sports outside.

Perhaps you can reward them with time on their games only after doing their chores or homework? All these small steps will add up to energy savings.

Switch up your routine

Do have exercise equipment at home, such as a treadmill or cross trainer, which requires power to run? You may make some great energy savings if you swap your workout to an outdoor regimen every now and again.

Not only will going for a walk or a run on the street be a nice change once in a while, you'll be thanking yourself when you receive your energy bill at the end of the month.

Posted by Matthew Cole