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12 Aug

If your power bills seem to be going through the roof for no apparent reason, you are actually paying for energy that you never used.

With electricity getting pricier by the day, can your home afford energy leaks? Not really. So maybe its time you conducted a thorough energy audit of your home and start reaping the benefits that come in the form of price savings and reduced carbon footprint.

Here are a few things you need to do:

Upgrade to Energy-Efficient Appliances

As a licensed electrician in Ballarat, we often visit homes that are still running major energy-consuming appliances that are past their useful lifespan. Take a look at your hot water system and air conditioner. Your heating, cooling or other electrical appliances if functioning improperly or have aged too much, could be underperforming and hence eating up more
energy than needed. It’s time to upgrade them with energy-efficient options. Also, switch to LED and move away from Halogen bulbs.

Is your Home Well Insulated

A lot of heating and cooling could be escaping the house through the gaps in windows and doors or through the floor and ceiling. Make sure you have properly sealed all the cracks. Add carpeting, curtains, window glazing, door snake and keyhole plug to trap this expensive energy inside the home.

Smart Technology

Motion sensor lights, programmable thermostat, timers and dimmer that adjust to your usage are a must if you want to save more on your energy bills. If you don’t have these gadgets working for you, you could be wasting a lot of energy with lights turned on in rooms and heating/cooling working long after you have fallen asleep.

Time to Learn Some Good Habits

A crucial part of your home’s energy audit involves reviewing how and when you use electricity. Consider running appliances like washing machines and dishwashers during low-tarriff hours. Don’t keep appliances on stand-by. Shut them down completely rather than keeping them
plugged in when not in use. Turn off the microwave after every use. Keep temperatures of fridge and freezers to the optimum level.

Conclusion

Your home’s energy audit will make you more aware of how you use energy and helps you make a conscious effort to save it, keeping your bills lowers and saving the planet at the same time.

As licensed electricians in Ballarat, we can help you with your next home audit, identify energy sucking vampires, upgrade to energy-efficient appliances and plug-in those leaks that are costing you a fortune.