How to save money on your electricity bill

Dial of washing machine showing heat settings

Using your washing machine during off-peak tariff times will save huge $$$ on your electricity bills

Everyone wants to reduce the cost of their power bills. Changing times that you use your electric appliances can make a huge difference.

Disclaimer: at this stage, it appears that New South Wales, does not have this level of variation. May 2013. Best to turn off appliances when not used, dry clothes on a line and handwash dishes.

If you use electrical appliances such as washing machines at different times of the day, you can save big time on the cost of electricity.

If you run an electric appliance in peak electricity tariff times, you’ll pay 40 cents per kWh.

If you run the same electric appliance in off-peak times, you’ll pay under 9 cents per kWh – that’s a big savings. The shoulder tariff times cost .15 cents per kWh which is still a substantial savings over the peak tariff times. (Electricity rates in New South Wales Australia in June 2011: check with your local electricity supplier for their tariff variations and times.)

Try to minimize your electricity usage during peak times. And, keep the heat setting to zero so that you are not paying for the heating of the water for every wash.

Peak electricity tariff times

When are the peak electricity tariff times?
Monday to Friday between 2.00 pm until 8.00 pm

Shoulder electricity tariff times

What are the shoulder electricity tariff times?
Monday to Friday between 7.00 am until 2.00 pm and from 8.00 pm to 10.00 pm
Saturday and Sunday between 7.00 am and 10.00 pm

Off-peak electricity tariff times

What are the off-peak electricity tariff times?
Monday to Friday between 10.00 pm and 7.00 am
Saturday and Sunday between 10.00 pm and 7.00 am

Weekends are ideal times to do the washing as much of the time is shoulder tariff times.

Three more ways to save on electricity bills?

Fluro light bulb as a symbol of saving electricity

Turn off lights – it’s simple and effective

Turn off stand-by on your television/s. If your television screens are turned off, you’ll save on electricity substantially. For best results, turn off your televisions and other audio/visual appliances at the power point.

Turn off lights in rooms that are not being used.

Pull the plug on the clothes dryer and hang clothes on the washing line or an airer.

These are just a few ways to save on electricity costs. There are many more that are easily implemented and can reduce some bills by up to half!

Find out more ways to save on energy costs (NSW Government website) or just Google ‘save electricity costs’ – you’ll be surprised how much information is out there.

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