At this time of year, our power bills can be an expensive fright. Here are some handy tips which can help to reduce your energy consumption and bills.
Tip 1: Upgrade your appliances
When upgrading to new appliances, look for ones with a higher star rating - these are going to be more energy efficient and have lower running costs.
Tip 2: Unplug anything that's not being used
Be sure to switch off any unused power points as this will stop any wasted energy consumption from appliances that are on stand-by.
Tip 3: Stop the drafts
By filling gaps in window frames, doors and ceilings you can block the drafts that bring the chill into your house. Reduce the need for heaters by wearing warmer clothes and keep the doors closed from room to room.
Tip 4: Turn off the lights and use LED lights
Switch to LED lights. These are 4 to 7 times more energy efficient than halogen lights and last longer. An LED light equivalent to a 60 watt incandescent bulb only consumes 8-12 watts. Also, if you don't need the lights on in the other rooms, switch them off.