How to Stay on Top of Your Energy Bills during Coronavirus
Monday 27 April 2020
We’re all doing our bit by staying at home during the COVID-19 outbreak – but that means we’re using more household power with the lights on, computer and TV in use, and our kitchen appliances getting a work-out. And with winter just around the corner, those households lucky enough to have heating will be switching that on, too.
Most of us are using our household power much more, so how can we keep our energy bills from skyrocketing?
Vinnies has teamed up with the Public Interest Advocacy Centre to bring you a short guide on efficient energy usage during COVID-19. Download the whole guide, or read our quick tips below.
Our top 10 tips for saving power and reducing your bills
- Wash your clothes in cold water (it’s just as safe and healthy).
- Ensure your washing machine and/or dishwasher is full before you run it.
- Air-dry clothes and avoid using the dryer where you can.
- Turn off lights, televisions and other appliances when you leave the room – and where possible, switch them off at the wall rather than leaving them on standby.
- Stick to 4-minute showers where you can – it takes a lot of energy to heat water.
- Check your house or flat for holes or gaps, particularly in the ceilings or floors. Anything you can use to block any gaps, and to seal the door and window gaps, will help keep cold air out and warm air in. Even a door snake or rolled-up towel can be effective.
- Let sunshine in during the day, and close your curtains/blinds at night to trap in the warmth. Some people who don’t have thick curtains put bubble wrap on their windows to create this effect.
- If you are charged for energy differently depending on peak and off-peak times, run appliances like the dishwasher and washing machine, and charge your phone and laptop after you go to sleep.
- Check you’re on the best energy deal for your situation by using the NSW Energy Switch service.
- If you can, upgrade to more efficient equipment such as fridges, washing machines and heaters. The cheapest appliances will often cost much more to run. Our No Interest Loans Scheme may be able to help you borrow money to cover the cost.
If the above tips are helpful for you, we recommend checking out the whole guide, which is packed with plenty more information and advice.
And if you’re struggling to get by, remember that Vinnies is here to help. We are just a phone call away on 13 18 12.