Helpful tips to reduce your energy bill

With everything going on in the world right now, it’s no secret the cost of living is increasing. This includes the cost of energy. At Origin we’re all about helping you manage your energy usage. Here you’ll find everything from useful apps to our rewards program to energy efficiency tips.

A spike in savings

A great way to save on your energy bill is by reducing your usage during peak times with Origin Spike. Spike members who hit their personalised energy-saving targets (we call them Spike Forecasts) during periods of peak demand accumulate SpikePoints. These SpikePoints can be redeemed for Paypal cash or gift cards. Small tweaks, like turning off lights and turning down your heat, can help you hit your Spike Forecast.

Work smarter, not harder

Speaking of smart ways to save energy, don’t waste time filling out spreadsheets, invest in smart devices instead. There are loads of tech savvy gadgets that can help you take control of your energy usage; from smart plugs and timers to remote AC controllers. You can even link your smart devices to your Spike account via our handy mobile app and automatically turn off appliances during SpikeHours –no more running around to switch everything off. 

Keep tabs on your usage

The Origin app makes monitoring your energy usage easy. Available on Google Play and the App Store, you can login in minutes with your My Account details. On the app you can see your overall energy usage, track your seasonal trends and, if you have a smart meter, you can even break down usage by appliance type. You can also set up a payment plan in the app, to help make managing your bills easier, or request an extension if you need a little more time to pay.

Get rewarded for doing everyday stuff

With our Everyday Rewards Plan you can turn your regular energy use into Everyday Rewards Points. Get 1 Everyday Rewards point for every dollar (incl. GST) you are charged for your usage and supply. Watch your points grow and turn into Everyday Rewards dollars off your shopping.

Everyday Rewards Points can be redeemed at retailers like Woolworths, BWS, Big W and participating Caltex Woolworths/EG Australia stations, saving you more on your shopping. And as the icing on the cake you just baked and earned rewards points for: you’ll also receive low rates, guaranteed for 12 months. Sweet!

Turn down the heat

With energy on the rise, we can all turn down this winter – by which we mean your heating. When heating your space, be sure to set the temperature between 18 and 20 degrees Celsius. Each degree over that uses about 10% more energy.

To get the most out of your heater, only heat the areas of your house that you need to and close doors to unused rooms. Draught snakes are particularly talented at keeping the heat from sneaking underneath doors too. And just like we rug ourselves up, keep your curtains closed to block radiant heat loss.

Switch off energy vampires

Un-fun fact: when you switch your device off, but leave the switch on at the wall, you’re not really turning it off; you’re just leaving it in standby. This all adds up and adds onto your bill. Instead of allowing this energy vampire to drain your usage, switch devices off at the wall, and this could save you up to $100 a year on your energy bill.

Cold as ice, but the savings are nice

Give your clothes the icy plunge when you’re washing, and you’ll save 90% of the energy. You won’t notice the difference, and as far as we know sweaters can’t catch the sniffles. Make sure you also take advantage of sunny days during the colder months and hang them out to dry rather than running the dryer. Compared to most appliances around your home – dryers and heating appliances chew up more energy on average. And if you do happen to have the heater on, consider hanging your washing on a clothes horse in the living room to dry.

Make the switch to LEDs

We all know switching off our lights helps reduce energy usage. But did you know you can also save while they’re on? By switching to LED bulbs you can save up to 80% of energy per bulb. Even better, they have a longer life. Meaning you’re replacing globes way less often – reducing your costs over the long run.

Have a night-in with friends

An easy way to save on energy is to share the load. How? By getting together with your friends to have a games night. Taking one night a week to all use energy in one household helps to save kilowatts of power, along with the greenhouse gasses that go with them. It’s win-win. Unless you lose at Cluedo, of course.

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