Smart energy tips

Smart energy tips


Looking for some tips on how to save electricity and reduce your bill? Our locally based, Pure Power team can give you practical  and effective smart energy tips so you can be happier next quarter!









Save electricity and save money

Switch appliances off at the wall, particularly your TV, computer and other electrical appliances. Have a look at installing devices that switch appliances off when not in use as this can save you over $100 per year*.

Turn off lights when they are not needed and use energy efficient globes. Changing any incandescent light globes in your home to energy efficient light bulbs can save you up to $19 per globe per year*.

Malfunctioning older appliances (such as leaking hot water systems, old refrigerators, electric heaters or washing machines) use more electricity than new models. Replacing these appliances with new energy efficient ones will help reduce your electricity usage.

Get your home lighting set up

Use solar lights for your garden pathways – they are low cost and store energy during the day to automatically light up at night.

Install motion sensors on security lights – they switch themselves on and off automatically.

Consider switching to LED lighting – you could save up to 80% energy per globe. Traditional lights like incandescent globes and low voltage down lights are inefficient, run hot, increase home air-conditioning costs and fire risk and need frequent replacement (say every 2-5,000 hours). Conversely LED lighting technology is much more efficient, runs cool and lasts significantly longer. You can purchase LED lights upfront and enjoy the benefits. Or you can choose to purchase through a Diamond Energy nominated supplier, pay no upfront cost and pay through your Diamond Energy electricity bill (eligibility, terms and conditions apply). The repayment amount may be less than the savings achieved – truly ‘lighting that pays for itself’. You can contact us for details about available offers.

Get your home ready for a cool and energy efficient summer

To keep your home cool, try closing your windows and curtains during the day. This may result in a reduction in the amount of hours you need to use your air conditioner.

Use fans instead of air conditioners where reasonable and possible.

Set air conditioner temperatures between 25°c to 27°c – each degree of extra cooling in summer (heating in winter) can increase energy consumption by about 5-10%*.

Only cool the rooms you  are using and keep doors closed. In rooms you are not using make sure vents are closed.

Air conditioners and their air filters should be professionally cleaned and checked regularly.

Installing roof insulation can save you over $150 per year*.

Minimise waste in the kitchen

Your fridge:

Fridges uses a lot of electricity. Try not to open and close it too much or over stock it.

To ensure your seals are working property, you should not be able to easily slide a playing card between the seal and the fridge.

Keep your fridge temperature at 3°c – 4°c and freezer -15°c to -18°c.

Turning off the second fridge can save you over $200 per year*.

Your dishwasher:

Wait till you get a full load before you run your dishwasher.

Consider the temperature you run the dishwasher at, the higher the temperature, the more electricity you use.

Get shifty and try and run your dishwasher when your electricity rates are the lowest – depending on your electricity rates, this may be overnight, early in the morning or on the weekends. If you have solar, consider running it during the day when the sun is out and your panels are generating electricity.

Get the most out of your bathroom and laundry

Run your washing machines when it is full and use cold water, the higher the water temperature, the more electricity you use.

Get shifty and try and run your washing machine when your electricity rates are the lowest. Depending on your electricity rates, this may be overnight, early in the morning or on the weekends. If you have solar, consider running it during the day when the sun is out and your panels are generating electricity.

Hanging your clothes out to dry doesn’t use any electricity.

Fix leaking or dripping taps.

Consider your hot water temperature setting, the higher the temperature, the more electricity you use.

Set your house up for a warm and energy efficient winter

Put on extra layers or use heat packs and hot water bottles before putting on the heater.

Set your thermostat to 18°c – 20°c . Each degree of heating in winter (and cooling in summer) can increase energy consumption by about 5-10%.

Reduce heat escaping your home by insulating ceilings and walls, shutting windows and doors and using door snakes and seals.

Only heat areas you are using and keep doors closed. In rooms you are not using make sure vents are closed.

Close windows and curtains, especially at night.

Installing roof insulation can save you over $150 per year*.

Optimise your pool filter all year round

You may save energy by connecting to a Controlled Load tariff (applicable in QLD & NSW) or running overnight on a Time of Use tariff (applicable in VIC and NSW).

Talk to your local pool shop staff about how long to run your pool filter in winter and summer and get some advice.

A pump with an input of 1, 120 watts will cost around 30 cents per hour to run if connected to peak electricity tariffs.

Be aware of where energy use may vary throughout the year

Colder weather requires more heating.

Fewer daylight hours results in increased electricity usage for lighting.

Hotwater systems work harder to reach set temperatures when the weather is cooler.

Longer showers and warmer baths use more electricity.

Warmer weather requires more cooling.

Get to know your meter data

You may be able to access your metering data online.

VIC – If your poles and wires company is Jemena (NMI starting with 600), AusNet Services (NMI starting with 630) or United Energy (NMI starting with 640) and you have the appropriate meter, you are able to access your meter data through their online portal.

In SA, QLD &NSW – online monitoring is only available if approved Diamond Energy metering is installed.

If you have solar panels with a smart meter installed by Metropolis, you can access your meter data here.

If you have an interval meter, you can request your data from Diamond Energy once a year and we will provide it in a spreadsheet file. Please note administrative charges may apply.

Get shifty with Time of Use rates

Households with All-day rates are charged the same electricity rates 24/7.

With Time of Use (TOU) you are charged different rates for the electricity you consume at different times of the day (for example peak, shoulder and off-peak). TOU rates and times differ depending on your poles and wires company (Distributor).

If you have a TOU capable meter installed and can shift your electricity usage to utilise the cheaper rates, you may benefit from TOU. If you also have a solar system installed, the benefits may be even greater.

If you have any questions about TOU and whether it is right for you, please get in touch.

Got solar?

If you have a solar system the following smart tips can help you get the most out of your system. Our locally based, friendly and experienced Pure Power team will happily provide you with some good tips.

 

Get shifty! You could save by shifting your electricity usage around

Getting shifty is a great way to reduce your electricity bill and see a better return from your solar system.

Depending on the feed in tariff you are receiving, it may be beneficial to utilise the electricity you generate in your household first, rather than exporting it to the grid. This means you are using your own electricity and as a result, reducing what you use from your local grid and what you pay for! If you qualified for a high feed in tariff you may gain more by shifting some electricity usage from day time to overnight or on weekends.

If you want some help on how to save by shifting your electricity usage around, please get in touch.

Develop a feel for how your system is performing

Your inverter is a valuable source of information as it records data from your solar system including how much electricity it generates.

If you keep an eye on your inverter you will develop a feel for how your solar system is performing and this may help you identify any performance issues early.

The Clean Energy Council provides information on average daily solar generation in your area. Keep in mind factors such as panel orientation, angle, shading and dirt which can all impact your solar systems performance.

For information on how to read your inverter and interpret the data, refer to the instruction manual provided to you at time of installation.

Keep nearby vegetation from shading your panels

If nearby trees and shrubs are getting out of control and starting to shade your solar system, consider giving them a trim to ensure your panels are unobstructed.

Keep your solar system clean

Most modern solar panels do provide a level of self-cleaning when it rains. However excessive grime, dust, moss and bird-droppings can reduce performance over time.

Consider getting your panels cleaned by a trained and qualified person. Check with your Pure Power solar installer to see if they offer a cleaning and maintenance service.

If your solar panels are to be cleaned, ensure the panel manufacturers and system installer’s instructions are followed at all times. If you are cleaning them yourself, hosing down hot solar panels with cold tap water on a hot and sunny day is a particularly bad idea. Ensure all safety precautions are taken!

It may be time for a maintenance and safety check

To ensure the maximum ongoing benefit and safe operation of your solar system, consider organising a regular maintenance visit  as recommended by your solar installer and poles and wires company. Ask them to check your system is operating to it’s full capacity, that panels and mounting hardware are securely fastened, all wiring is protected and not damaged by wildlife and all other requirements are met.
*Clean Energy Council and Household Energy Efficiency Fact Sheet