9 bad energy habits that may be costing you money

You receive your monthly power bill and your heart drops. How could it be higher than last month? Many homeowners fear a high bill but fail to understand that much of the extra energy footed on their power is as a result of small bad habits.

Here is list of several bad energy consumption habits that may be keeping your electricity bills running up.

1.  Using air conditioning and heating systems like it’s your last day on earth.
Heating and air conditioning systems account for a huge chunk of energy usage in our homes. Leaving the systems running while there is nobody at home could result in a lot of wasted energy. Making small changes like shutting down the systems while you are not at home or buying a smart programmable thermostat to time it just before you get home can save you big bucks!

2.  Using old or outdated electric appliances.
If you are living in an old home, you might want to consider changing its wiring systems and appliances. Old appliances like a dryer or dishwasher may be lacking energy usage efficiency. They could be a silent sucker of electricity in your home.

3. Drying clothes on racks inside.
This adds lots of moisture to the air making it harder to heat your home. Try placing the rack in a garage or carport, rather than the living room.

4. Using power during peak times.
Running your washing machine or dishwasher at peak times can cost the system a lot more (as demand is higher). With our app, PowerPal, you’ll know when these bad times are (and when to avoid them). Simply delay your power use away from these times and you’ll be rewarded with a bill rebate.


5.  Leaving everything plugged in the whole day.
If electronics are plugged in, they count on the total energy consumed. The amount may seem negligible but it does count if you have developed the habit of leaving everything plugged in. Unplugging electrical appliances when you’re not using them can save you a lot. You could also install a timer on appliances like your heated towel rail. To dry your towels, this only needs around 8 hours a day rather than 24.

6.  Leaving the lights on.
Typically, this is the most common energy wasteful behaviour. Remember lighting make up a decent amount of your bill, so if the light is not in use it is always good that they are turned off.

7. Almost empty wash loads.
Run the dishwasher or washing machine only when there is a full load. Putting a wash on for a few socks and a couple of t-shirts is an absolute waste of money. Only use it when you need to. Use a detergent designed for cold water and you'll find washing your clothes in cold does the job just as well.

8. Inadequate insulation.

A significant amount of heat can be lost through the smallest of gaps under doors and around windows. Make sure curtains are generous enough to cover the entire window area and cover the gaps under doors with a rolled-up towel or draught stopper. Check doors and windows for draughts (adhesive draught stopping tape is easy to apply) and pull your curtains at dusk so any warmth from the sun stays in.

9. Boiling unnecessary amounts of water.
Are you boiling enough water to make a pot for 10, when you only need to fill a single cup? Use your kettle's measuring guide and only fill it to the level you need. Although a kettle is perceived to be a small appliance compared to say a washing machine, it still uses a lot of energy!