Tips for Renters to Keep Electricity Bills Down
Hey there renters.....
Run a Power Comparison
Searching for rental properties can be a time-consuming process, but it's all worth it in the end when you find the perfect residential property.
Once you've moved in, arranged your furniture and settled into the rhythm of your new neighbourhood, you'll start getting utility bills in the post. A high electricity bill in winter might seem like a drag, but there are ways to drive it down and keep your monthly expenses in check.
It might seem like an obvious thing to consider, but have you thought about whether you could get a better deal with a different electricity provider?
Generally, electricity providers will offer different rates for electricity consumption, depending on when you use it. During peak hours, electricity is more expensive than off-peak hours when tenants and homeowners are sleeping or at work.
There are plenty of online providers that will allow you to compare and contrast different providers' rates and establish whether it's worth making the switch.
Giddy up Partner
A horse can help you drive down your electricity bill.
Not in a literal sense, mind you. However, investing in a clothes horse could help you reduce how often you use your clothes dryer. Rather than spending your hard-earned cash on hot air, consider setting up a clothes horse in a well-ventilated location with a breeze.
During winter months, rain is a realistic possibility. Make the most of clear days where possible, or otherwise set up a clothes horse on a covered balcony, if possible.
Switch off the Electronics
Whether the kids have a gaming console or you're a fan of settling down in front of the television in the evenings, you're likely to have devices around the house that can suck up power without you knowing.
Don't leave the television running in the background if you're not watching it, and be sure to switch off all electronic equipment at the wall rather than leaving it in standby mode.
Get the Temperature Right
Excessive hot water use can be a big contributor to a dizzyingly high electricity bill. You may wish to have a chat with your landlord about the showerheads in your bathroom to see if you can get them refitted with water-saving versions.
That said, it's not solely about how much water you're using. If your hot water temperature is too high, you could be spending more on your electricity bill than is needed.
You can get a professional to check out your hot water system if you think you're pouring money down the drain. Ideally, the temperature should be set at 60 degrees celsius to prevent the growth of bacteria. Temperature at the taps may need to be a bit lower, particularly if you have young children or elderly parents staying with you.