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The cost of energy continues to be a major concern for Australian households. Electricity prices have increased substantially over the past decade, and gas prices have risen sharply in recent years as well. This puts a huge strain on family budgets.
The good news is there are effective ways to control your home energy costs through efficiency upgrades and smart technology.
Implementing just a few energy-saving measures can lead to substantial savings on your utility bills. Here is a comprehensive overview of 5 great options to reduce energy consumption and expenses for Australian homes.
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1. Install Solar Power Systems
Installing rooftop solar panels is one of the most impactful steps any homeowner can take. Australia is a global leader in residential solar, with over 2 million homes now powered by the sun. Solar PV systems generate clean electricity from sunlight, reducing the amount of power you need to draw from the grid.
Solar can often supply nearly all a household’s daytime electricity needs.
How going solar can help you save:
- Solar panels can generate an average of 5kWh of electricity per day, depending on system size and location. This clean power directly offsets grid electricity usage.
- Any excess solar energy not used by your home gets fed back to the grid. Your energy provider is required to pay you for these exports through a feed-in tariff.
- Solar power protects against rising electricity prices. The savings you achieve will grow over time as grid power costs continue to increase.
- Properly installed solar PV systems can lower electricity bills by 50-100%. Payback periods are typically between 3-8 years.
- Solar works perfectly with time-of-use rates. It provides free electricity during expensive peak rate periods.
With solar electricity prices at an all-time low, now is the time to invest. One of the best ways to fund a quality solar system is through a solar PPA (power purchase agreement). Under a PPA, you pay nothing upfront and purchase solar power generated from the system at a highly discounted rate.
E-Green Electrical offers $0 upfront solar PPAs supported by the federal government’s SRES incentive scheme. Their experts handle everything, including system design, approvals, installation, connection, and ongoing maintenance.
This makes going solar simple and affordable with no hidden costs.
2. Switch to Efficient LED Lighting
Replacing old, inefficient lighting with LEDs is one of the easiest ways to reduce energy consumption in your home. LED bulbs use up to 90% less electricity than traditional incandescent globes. They also last up to 25 times longer, saving you money on replacement costs as well.
How switching to LED can help you save:
- LEDs consume far less power than old-fashioned light sources. A 9W LED can replace a 60W bulb.
- Their long lifespan means fewer bulb replacements. No more changing blown globes!
- LEDs produce very little heat compared to other options. This reduces air conditioning bills in summer.
- Brighter, more advanced LED bulbs are available to improve lighting quality.
- Upgrading all suitable lights can cut lighting electricity use by 80% or more.
Many energy providers offer LED upgrade programs under government schemes like the NSW Energy Savings Scheme (ESS) to make switching more affordable. This covers most if not all upfront costs of installation.
E-Green Electrical runs discounted LED upgrade services across NSW supported by ESS incentives. Their lighting specialists will replace all your old downlights, spotlights, ceiling lights, and more with new energy-saving LEDs. This makes upgrading fast, easy, and budget-friendly.
3. Install Smart Home Devices
Smart home technology gives you greater visibility and control over energy use within your home. Smart thermostats and energy monitoring systems help identify waste areas you can address to maximize savings.
Smart thermostats learn your household habits and preferences. They use this data and real-time weather information to optimize heating and cooling operations automatically. This maintains comfort in your home while maximizing efficiency.
Benefits of smart thermostats:
- Self-programming to match your schedule and reduce heating/cooling when not needed
- Integrate with sensors and HVAC systems for precise temperature and humidity control
- Can cut HVAC energy use by 10-30% with advanced scheduling and automation
Home Energy Monitors
Home energy monitoring systems give you real-time insights into your electricity consumption. Sophisticated monitors like the Sense Home Energy Monitor clamp onto main electrical cables to track usage for your whole home and individual circuits.
Benefits of home energy monitors:
- See live and historical usage data for your total electricity and large appliances
- Identify the biggest energy drains in your home
- Track solar generation vs. consumption
- Detect malfunctioning devices drawing excess power
- Change behaviors and upgrade appliances to achieve energy savings
By making wasteful electricity use visible, an energy monitor enables you to take targeted action to reduce waste and cut unnecessary costs.
4. Install Efficient Air Conditioning
Air conditioners account for up to 40% of home energy bills in Australia. An efficient, well-sized unit can save hundreds of dollars each year. Upgrading to a high-efficiency system can significantly cut your cooling costs.
Benefits of energy-efficient air conditioning:
- Units with a high energy star rating use far less electricity. Look for a rating of at least 3 stars.
- Inverter-driven air conditioners only use the power needed to maintain your set temperature. This increases efficiency by up to 50% or more.
- Correctly sized units increase comfort and reduce operation time/energy consumption.
- Smart features like zoned temperature control further optimize energy use.
- Proper installation ensures your AC runs as efficiently as possible.
E-Green Electrical provides premium, energy-efficient air conditioning solutions from leading brands like Mitsubishi at discounted prices. Their experienced team will help select a correctly sized inverter AC unit for each zone in your home.
They also offer full installation services, including any required electrical work.
Upgrading your AC can reduce cooling energy bills by 30% or more. You’ll enjoy the cooling while lowering high summer power bills.
5. Upgrade to a Heat Pump Hot Water System
Water heating accounts for around 25% of home energy use in Australia. Older storage tank systems can waste massive amounts of gas and electricity. You can realize huge savings by upgrading to an energy-efficient heat pump hot water system.
Benefits of heat pump hot water:
- Heat pumps extract free heat from the air to heat water instead of relying solely on gas/electric heating elements. This cuts water heating bills by 50-65%.
- Heat pump systems have a high energy star rating of over 3 stars.
- Modern heat pump water heaters are quiet, reliable, and long-lasting.
- They’re eligible for rebates under programs like the NSW Gas Network Extension Program.
E-Green Electrical offers discounted heat pump hot water system installations from leading brands like Sanden and Stiebel Eltron. Their technicians will handle the complete removal and replacement of your old system. Heat pump hot water is one of the most effective upgrades you can make for energy efficiency.
Rising power costs continue to squeeze Australian household budgets. But by implementing energy efficiency measures, you can save on your energy bills significantly.
Measures like installing solar power, LED lighting, smart home devices, upgraded air conditioning, and heat pump hot water systems are 5 great options to reduce energy waste and lower costs.
Take advantage of government incentives and work with a quality provider like E-Green Electrical to maximize value. Cutting your home energy use is good for your pocket and the environment as well. You can maintain comfort and convenience with the right solutions while dramatically reducing energy expenses.
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