Save energy, save money, reduce hazardous emissions
Saving money on your electricity bill doesn’t mean you need to live in the dark or go back to using candles. However, it does mean you need to apply practical action. Everyone wants to save money, so what are some practical solutions to saving money on your electricity and solar energy usage? MPV Solar put together a few tips to help you achieve this goal.
SOLAR SMART CHOICES
If you already have solar installed in your home, run major appliances during the day where possible. Major appliances include washing machines, dryers, dishwashers, pool pumps and the like. These appliances use loads of energy, so the smart choice is to run them during the day when the sun is shining bright, allowing you to make the most of your solar energy production.
MAKE THE SWITCH TO LED BULBS
All households should consider replacing incandescent lightbulbs with LED bulbs. Although the initial cost paints a picture that LED are more expensive compared with incandescent light bulbs, LED light bulbs long-term prove to be better value for money compared to incandescent. LEDs use significantly less energy compared to incandescent light bulbs and have a significantly longer life span, which not only reduces the toll on your expense balance-sheet but also contributes to reducing landfill. If you’re looking for more information on lighting, the energyrating.gov.au website provides a host of great information, click here to read.
GET SMART TECHNOLOGY
Are you wondering what smart home devices are and how do they work? Smart devices are electronic tools which use Bluetooth and WI-FI to connect to devices installed in your home for the purpose of controlling heating, lighting, entertainment, and home security. By using timers, and apps for you to access appliances remotely, smart technology allows homeowners to take control of their energy usage and improve energy conservation. If you’re interested in getting Smart Technology installed in your home, MPV Group can assist you with your electrical needs and installation.
FIX WHAT MIGHT BE REDUCING YOUR SOLAR PRODUCTION
- Do you have trees blocking your solar production? You can manage this by trimming trees back. However, it is important to make certain you follow your local council guidelines. It is also important to apply safe practices - Read more about this on the safe work Australia website. Where necessary, you may need to consider relocating your solar panels.
- Another factor to consider is solar system cleaning and maintenance of your solar panels. Dirty panels will reduce solar energy production. If you notice your production on average has reduced, it might be time for a maintenance check.
CONSIDER YOUR SOLAR NEEDS
Each household solar needs change over time based on a number of factors including changes to family dynamics, more time is spent working from home, for others, it may be the purchase of a new pool, air-conditioning, spa, or an electric car. If you're reconsidering your solar needs, here’s is a chart to assist you in learning more about “what size solar system is right for me?”
REVIEW ENERGY RATING OF APPLIANCES
Appliances account for a good chunk of your electrical bill, which is why it's so important to AVOID ENERGY GUZZLERS. Consider energy ratings on all appliances before purchasing, including kettles, toasters, heating and cooling appliances, fridges, coffee machines, dryers and washing machines. REMEMBER, MORE STARS MEANS A BETTER ENERGY RATING. Get more information on appliance energy rating from the energy.gov.au website or simply click here. To easily do the number crunching, you can use this handy energy rating calculator.
- Especially during the extreme heat of summer, simple solutions include drawing curtains, blinds and plantation shutters – this will help reduce the amount of heat entering your home. Alternatively, you may wish to consider tinting your windows.
- Renovating or building a new home? Consider whether your home has an adequate amount of insulation in the roof and walls.
- Have you considered a whirlybird? Located on the roof of your building, whirlybirds reduce heat in rooms by removing out the hot air.
- Switch power points off at the wall is an easy way to save on your power bill. Yes, even in standby mode, power switches will waste electricity when turned on.
- If you’re making one cup of coffee, don’t fill your kettle unnecessarily.
- Don’t start your dishwasher to wash until it’s full.
- Use less hot water when washing clothes.
- Are you getting the best deal on the market? Compare packages and offers available from energy providers. Before changing providers, ask your current provider if they can match the price, offer loyalty discounts and if there is an exit fee. Ask potentially new providers if there is a connection fee or any other costs you may not be aware of. Know the period of your contract and any possible exit fees if you wish to end your contract early. Get ALL OFFERS & CONDITIONS put in writing. Lastly, if making the switch, make certain your bill period doesn't overlap between providers.
OTHER HELPFUL LINKS AND ANSWERS TO FAQ
- Moving-house? Don’t leave one of your investment behind! MPV Solar has performed many solar system relocations throughout Sydney.
- We can help you learn more about how solar energy works.
- Did you know you can have a second solar system installed and receive greater benefits?
- MPV SERVICES AND FAQ
- Save even more with Government Rebates, Incentives and Subsidies
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