A recent study by the consumer site www.finder.com.au looked at where power was being consumed in the average home. The results may surprise you. Whilst the parents out there will be familiar with the futile exercise of getting children to turn off lights, it seems that lighting accounts for only 7% of power usage. The full list as published by Finder is as follows:
25% - Heating water.
16% - Other appliances (TV, radio etc)
7% - Fridges and freezers
7% - Lighting
4% - Appliances in stand-by
3% - Cooking
(Source www.finder.com.au )
So, the facts speak for themselves. Keeping you cool, wet or warm accounts for 63% of your power bill. If you’re wanting to make some real savings, then looking at your heating and cooling use should be the first thing you do. Limiting your shower times and lowering the temperature on your hot water system will deliver sizable cost savings.
When using air-conditioning, the regulation of temperature, and the use of inverter technology systems are two ways to save. On hot days, MRE Electrical recommends starting your air-conditioning system early in the morning, and setting it to a comfortable 24°C. This allows the system to cool the house and keep it at a steady temperature throughout the day, without having to use excessive power to cool during the hottest periods.
Inverter technology is used in air conditioning systems to control the speed of the compressor motor, so the unit continuously regulates the temperature, be it hot or cool. That eliminates big temperature fluctuations, with the benefits including notable power savings.
Where else can you save on power?
- Altering the temperature of your hair dryer saves power over the course of a year.
- Don’t use heat lamps in the bathroom as lights? Modern lamp systems have a standard light in the set-up, so we recommend using that. The heat lights are a power guzzler.
- Purchase energy efficient fridges and freezers. MRE electrical supply and install a range of high quality energy efficient refrigerators and freezers.
- If your appliances are plugged into a wall socket with the power switched on, they are using power whether the appliance is on or not. So, MRE recommends switching off power points when not in use.
Over the next several weeks, we’ll continue to explore more ways to save power and put some dollars back into your pocket.
If you’re looking at installing or upgrading your air-conditioning systems to energy efficient inverter technology, or purchasing a new fridge/freezer, MRE Electrical have a range of sharply priced supply and install packages to suit your budget.
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