We teamed up with our buddy Kayte, blogger superstar at Woogsworld.com. With a quarterly bill 4 x the national average, Kate had some learning to do about why her energy costs were so high.
Wondering why your bills seem high? Kayte Murphey, aka Mrs Woog from popular blog Woogsworld.com sheds some light on her $1200 bill – for the quarter!
The first step to understanding a high bill is to look at how you are using energy in your home, and what are the biggest guzzlers. Once you know, it will be simpler to manage your usage and start to make changes to get the costs down.
Understanding your energy usage
5 popular household items which could be spiking your energy consumption
A few simple observations around your home could make all the difference to your energy use. Here’re a few household items to look out for day to day when considering your energy use.
1. Kitchen appliances
Do you head straight to the kettle to make a coffee? For many of us, it’s the first time we flick a switch in the morning – but we can’t stop that. No one should be without their morning coffee! What we can do though is boil just the water we need. Only making one cup – then only boil one cup, not a full kettle, not only will it save you energy, but it will be quicker too.
2. Computers & consoles
Are you leaving game consoles or your computer on standby? Or are you mindful of turning them off overnight? Even in standby mode, a computer and gaming console sitting idle all day could cost around $80 a year1 and many homes have multiple devices and games stations.
3. Washing machines
Make sure your wash loads are full. A cold wash is a more energy efficient cycle to choose on many machines – but make sure you have a cold wash powder for best results. Check your washing machine manual for your exact model.
Are you taking a full load of washing and putting it straight in the dryer? In the video above, Kayte is. And her washing machine has a 9kg capacity, and her dryer a 6kg capacity. By adding 9kg each time her dryer is working harder than it should be, and is therefore wasting energy.
5. Ducted air con
Is yours set above 20oC? Every degree over could be increasing your energy consumption by 5 – 10%. Monitor your temperature gauge and consider taking off or putting on a layer of clothing or two.
While the above insights may not seem like much alone, together they all add up to dollars on your bill. Being aware of them and making some simple changes around your home could be a great start in better managing your energy consumption.
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- Data based on maximum registered standby for plasma TV 43.4W source, running for a period of 20 hours per day, plus a gaming console on maximum standby of 1.6W, in addition to a sound bar and sub woofer at 9W. 2015.