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How to lower your Electricity Bill

You can simply monitor your electricity usage with one of our power meters which keep the numbers right in front of you so you know when you are using more power.

A lot of people don't realise that our appliances can still be using Electricity even when they aren't on if they are in standby mode.  A simple way is to unplug everything but that can sometimes be a bit tricky when plugs are in hard to get to places.  Have a look a the standby saver options as everything can be turned of at the click of one button.

We are fortunate enough to have many wonderful customers who are willing to share their energy and electricity saving hints and tips.  If you would like to share yours please send us an email at info@multipoweredproducts.com.au ......

Select high power appliances that have delayed or times starts so you can go to bed and have the washing machine or dishwasher come on after midnight. - Jeff

Fit a large display power use meter in a prominent location so the whole family can see it all the time. ( We reduced our background usage from 440 to 120 watts with no sacrifices using the ‘Wattson’. That’s about $600 a year for us). - Jeff

Ceiling fans use 90% less power than some air conditioners and are a lot quieter.Fit them in bed rooms. - Jeff

Fill the kettle or saucepans with hot water ( solar or not) to save heating the water at peak power rates. - Jeff

If you have solar hot water try to select washing machines and dishwashers that have hot and cold water inlets. - Jeff

If you have a solar feed in tariff understand if you should use the power when its sunny ( 8 to 30 cent tariff)  or use power at night when its not sunny ( > 30cents (Pfit)). - Jeff

If you have solar hot water, turn down the gas/electric thermostat to its lowest setting and turn off the hot water mains switch from Nov to Feb. - Jeff
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Set your fridge to the right temperature, between  2-5 degrees C and -18 degrees C for your freezer.  Don't overload them but keep them full for the greatest energy efficiency.

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Use motion sensors or timers on security lights

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Diverting garden and food wastes from landfill to composting
Food and garden wastes create greenhouse gases when they break down in landfill due to the lack of fresh air when decomposing. Composting is an excellent way to reduce your household’s greenhouse gas emissions! It allows organic waste to break down naturally. For every kilogram of organic waste composted, you will save approximately one kilogram of greenhouse gas - Dane

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How much light do you need showering; let's face it half the time your eyes are shut?  I use my portable solar-powered light to provide light when I shower. Liz

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Once or twice a week when the family sits down for tea, turn the tv off and every light in the house and have a candle light dinner. Our family love it! - Michelle

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Use your brain, when you are finished with something REMEMBER to switch it off at the wall. When you are bored don't stare at the TV or aimlessly scroll through webpages - READ a book, before you open the fridge THINK about what you want. - Belinda
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When I cook, I always cook lots more than required - saves so much energy by not having to then cook dinner every night that week, we can enjoy varied or adapted versions of left overs.  Or freeze some for down the track. A quick re-heat uses way less energy than a complete cook-up. - Diana

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If you're all watching the same show, in different rooms, on different TV's, don't!  Use the one TV together!  Today's big screen tellies suck up so much energy it's ridiculous, just feeling the heat coming off them is scary. - Ernie

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Energy Saving Tip No. 1: Watch less TV - Joel

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Switching to energy efficient compact fluorescent lights
Lighting accounts for around 5% of household greenhouse gas emissions. Compact fluorescent light bulbs use 75% less energy than an equivalent incandescent bulb. The bulbs cost more up-front, but you save money through the energy saved and longer life of the bulb! - Dane

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Don't put the heater on during the day - RUG UP, move or exercise when the chill kicks in.  I was raised & to this day follow Mum's golden rule, that the heater does not go on until 5pm, and is turned off half an hour before we go to bed.  It saves us an absolute fortune when we compare bills with all our friends - Diana

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My energy saving tip is to cover air conditioning outlets in the winter time to save on heating costs - Jennie

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really simple but seriously works. Passive solar for summer. The less heat you let in your house the less you have to cool.

If building or renovating  then make your exterior windows smaller facing summer morning and afternoon heat. If existing then shade with eaves, decidious trees, verandahs, shade sails, awnings or blinds. Inside have more than one layer covering the windows, trapping a layer of air. Holland blinds and curtains work well, as do roman blinds and a pelmet. Close these on hot mornings/afternoons to keep the heat out. -

Hudson household.

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Place tight fitting pelmets over curtains and blinds to trap air and create a layer of insulation to reduce heat loss on winter nights.- Joan

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Ensure that timers for lights, etc are updated with each change of season to ensure lights, etc are not turning on when they are not needed. Christine Le Marseny Jemby-Rinjah Eco Lodge

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Use the solio solar panel to charge your mobile phone and ipod. The solio charges up even on overcast days and in winter (if you put it in a good spot), and takes less time than a phone battery takes to discharge. Heather

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PAINT THE ROOF OF YOUR HOME,  WITH WHITE REFLECTIVE SEALANT PAINT,  TO REDUCE HEAT ADSORBTION,  DURING DAYLIGHT HOURS.

 DOING THIS,  IN CONJUNCTION WITH VENTING ALL ROOFING SPACES OF HOT AIR,  CAN LOWER THE HEAT LOAD OF YOUR HOME (BUILDING) AND SAVE FUNDS ON ELECTRICITY FOR COOLING - Robert

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My energy saving tip is.........." once every week in our house we have a no TV/video games night. Not only saving saving energy but also allowing us to play, chat and laugh together as a family. The kids moaned at first but now they love it!!" - Diane

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My energy saving tip: Spend a little extra money on your curtains;
they may seem to cost a lot but this once off spend will save you so
much over the following years.
Buy curtains thick and heavy pile; that way they will be more
efficient at keeping the heat out in summer and in during the winter. - Belinda

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Energy Saving Tip - Open curtains during the day to warm your rooms without using gas /electricity.  Make sure they are closed at night to keep the warmth in. - Olivia

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Put on a Beenie instead of the heater and you will stay lovely and warm. Ailsa

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Energy saving tip:
If you're cold enough to have the heater on, make sure you have warm slippers on so you don't need the heater on so high.  Warm feet make a big difference! - Jodie

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Top energy tip? Reduce central heating.

Our solution takes some beating.

Supports farmers, cuts power. [Coal’s so detrimental…]

We WEAR WOOLLEN JUMPERS! Heating’s off... Fundamental!!!  - Jennifer

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Going vegetarian actually saves energy,
 The amount of energy that goes into meat production is apparently higher than the energy you get from eating it whereas this isn't the case for vegetarian foods.

  Not advocating vegetarianism here or anything since i LOVE meat. But it's an interesting fact that you don't really think about when you think energy saving.


  So my tip is " Go vegetarian " for five nights a week.
 

 Second tip is through out the old PC and use a laptop,

   powered by a Voltaic Generator - Solar Laptop Charger Bag

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Some apartments and units have hot water systems that are always on – find out where to turn them off during the day and only turn them on for the few hours before hot water is needed.  Water can maintain its heat for a long while – Heather

When you shut down your computer at work remember to switch off the monitor as well. If your colleague has gone on holidays turn off their monitor also. – Heather

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I always have one light going in the house. I make sure all doors are closed around the room for which the heater is on, and that is always on the lowest setting. I put extra clothes on to keep warm. - Cheyne

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Energy Saving Tip – At night, if your family is taking too long in the shower, just turn off the bathroom light – they will very quickly turn off the shower, saving water heating costs and an extra light bulb. If that doesn’t work, turn off the power at the mains! :P Erinna

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My energy saving hint or tip:
 
Hot air goes up. So I try to hang my clothes at higher spots in the balcony, to make clothes dry quicker.
No dryer needed = less electricity bill. - Helen

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Keep the fridge clean and well ventilated: Fridges and freezers need space at the top, back and sides to shed excess heat. For appliances with exposed rear coils, vacuum or wipe off dust. Ensure door seals are kept clean and seal well. Locate fridges and freezers in cool spots, away from direct sun and other heat sources such as stoves. Regularly remove any frost build-up. - Cyndie

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When your appliances are on standby like your TV or computer monitor etc, switch them off at the power point not at the standby switch as the off/on switch  always wears out and breaks after a while, this will save energy plus your switch. - Debra

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Take a hottie to bed, a hot water bottle that is! It’s a more energy-efficient way to keep warm than electric blankets or heaters. Christina

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Make it a family rule to only have one TV on at a time and never leave the TV on when no-one is watching - Cheryl

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