Save Power! Some Practical Steps

In today’s world of rising power prices, its not surprising people are wanting better, more efficient ways of saving electricity.

Some homes still operate bar heaters and old fan heaters, which use a whopping amount of power and can be outdated and unsafe. There are many alternatives to these older style heaters today. There are new products on the market which are safe and energy efficient, and most appliance stores will be happy to discuss safe and efficient options with you. If you don’t have a safety switch (or Residual Current Device, known as an RCD) it is important to have one installed by a qualified electrician. This provides extra protection against electrocution. Safety switches help save lives, they detect fluctuations in a premise’s normal electrical circuit and will result in the safety switch disconnecting the power within milliseconds of the residual leakage being detected. This minimises the chance of a person being electrocuted or an electrical fire starting.

There are also practical, simple ways to save power… heavy curtains on windows and good insulation will go a long way to reducing winter heating bills. If you have high ceilings, you may wish to consider having a qualified electrician install sweep (ceiling) fans, which used in reverse in winter, help to move warm air that usually accumulates at the top of the room, to circulate efficiently, and keep you warmer without having to generate more heat. In summer, they can be switched to normal operation, providing swift air movement to cool you on a hot day.

High wattage light bulbs are a thing of the past, today there are a good range of energy saving globes and lighting to choose from. Of course, during the day, open the curtains to allow full daylight into your home, which saves you from switching on any lighting at all.

Dry your clothes out in the sun and wind whenever you can. Clothes dryers are a heavy user of electricity. A simple clothes line inside your verandah or garage will save you using your dryer in wet weather.
Train your children to turn off lights and keep doors closed in winter. Consider heating only the main part of the house, and closing doors to the rest, opening the doors to the bedrooms just before bedtime. Extra blankets on beds, or thick, winter rated quilts such as wool or feather down could save you heating the bedrooms at all.
And of course, the simplest way to keep warmer in winter is wearing heavier clothing, allowing you to heat your home to ambient temperatures, rather than very warm temperatures, and will save a lot on your heating bills – think warm socks, high neck jumpers, and thermal underwear.

The practice of building a sunroom or conservatory on the north side of the house, which accumulates heat during the day and helps to warm the house, is reviving. Filled with plants, and a sitting area, not only does a sunroom help heat your home, but becomes a lovely place to sit and enjoy a warm spot with a cup of tea in winter.

Hopefully you’ve started to think about the ways your home could save on your electricity bills, and invent many more. We’re happy to talk to you about your electrical and power saving needs.