Wasteful habits costing Aussies hundreds each year

Research highlights simple ways to reap big savings on household energy usage.

Wasteful habits costing Aussies hundreds each year

Millions of Australians are wasting hundreds of dollars each year through wasteful energy habits, according to a new report.

A few simple adjustments around the house could mean Australians would save a combined $3.2 billion a year, or around $850 per household.

The survey of 1019 people revealed that 18 per cent keep lights on in unoccupied rooms, 35 per cent use a dryer instead of a clothesline, 49 per cent keep appliances on at the power point even when they’re not in use, 49 per cent of Aussies aren’t reducing their shower time and 26 per cent keep windows and doors open while heating their home.

“Aussies are becoming increasingly savvy about their energy usage,” said Finder energy expert Graham Cooke. “This makes it all the more surprising that some are missing a few tricks to keep their bills down.

“With the average power bill now priced at $1338 per year, Aussies should be cutting back on electricity wherever they can.”

Mr Cooke said that for many Aussies, the laundry is the first place to look to cut power prices.

“Hot water is a big culprit when it comes to energy usage. Switching to cold water washes could save up to $150 per year, while ditching the clothes dryer could save you $79,” he said.

According to a recent Australian Bureau of Statistics report, the cost of energy increased by 18 per cent to $218 billion between 2016 and 2017 alone.

“Increasing energy prices mean that often, any savings you’re able to make on your usage will only cover the price increase. This means bills go sideways, not down,” said Mr Cooke.

“If Aussies don’t make the effort to cut back on power, their bills will only increase.

“Make sure your current provider is giving you good bang for your buck – otherwise it might be time to switch.”

The research highlighted simple ways to reap big savings on household energy usage, such as switching your globes to LEDs (save up to $160 per year for every 10 globes), taking shorter showers (save up to $120 per year), hanging washing on a clothesline instead of using a dryer (save up to $79 per year based on just one load per week), washing clothes with cold water (save up to $150 per year based on one load per week), and insulating your home (save up to $349.60 per year).

Other tips for lowering your energy costs include choosing energy-efficient appliances, avoiding power use during peak times (typically between 7am and 10pm depending on your provider) and getting to know your energy bill to see if you’re paying too much for your usage.

Another way to save money on your energy usage is to shop around for a better deal. There are many energy providers around Australia and reputable comparison sites can help you find a better option.

Are you guilty of any of these energy faux pas?

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    27th Sep 2019
    I do all those things as a matter of course, and my electricity bill still went up the last quarter by $150.
    27th Sep 2019
    Steph, even if you didn't use any electricity the supply charge would go up. You can never win when the profits go overseas.

    Instead of focusing on households we should be focusing on all those empty lit up office buildings each night, the use of air conditioners and heaters in schools, jobs, business, public transport, that Australians in the past never used. Whatever happened to open windows and rugging up?

    Governments should be installing solar-powered street lights everywhere for starters.
    27th Sep 2019
    My supply charge has increased in 7 years from $28.65 to $172.45. True, you can shave your power bill, it's the charges that increase at a ridiculous pace.
    28th Sep 2019
    The supply charge will go up as people save energy or have solar, because these folks who do the charging have a certain amount of revenue that they must have in order to provide the service and pay their bills. If they can't get it through usage of customers then they will get it in the supply portion. That is why they started that billing strategy years ago. We likely pay 3 or 4 times as much for energy and use about 1/4 to 1/3 of the volume of electricity we used 30 years ago. That is just at our house. It is likely true right around the households in Australia, to some extent. I have kept all my electricity bills over these last 30 years and the data don't lie.
    27th Sep 2019
    In winter we need to use a drier as there's not enough sun in the back yard, and it's just too cold to even bother with putting the washing on the line, as the clothes come in wetter than they were when put onto the line in the first place.

    I always keep the door to the laundry & bathroom closed so that my small unit can be heated effectively.

    I've been washing in cold water for over 30 years.

    I can't insulate my unit as it's the owner's responsibility to do this.

    How on earth are you supposed to cook your dinner after 10pm if you have dinner @ 6pm?

    I receive a 30+% discount on my electricity bill. Contact your energy supplier and ask for a discount for being a long-term customer. Some will, but some won't - there's no harm in trying. Or, if you're contacted by another energy supplier, ask if you can receive the same prices as you get with your current supplier. If the one contacting you give you a better deal, stall for time, and contact your supplier and ask for a comparative offer.
    27th Sep 2019
    If I had dinner at 6pm, I'd need another meal by 10pm
    27th Sep 2019
    Don't take the bait by commenting!
    This site would be empty if it did not recycle articles such as this ad nauseam regularly.
    Polly Esther
    27th Sep 2019
    Jobs for the boys and the girls, LOL

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