Save yourself $600
NORTHERN Rivers residents can save close to $600 a year just by being a little more frugal with electricity, power company Ausgrid has said.
With Earth Hour coming up at the end of the month, Ausgrid energy efficiency expert Paul Myers said there were some big savings to be made just by switching off unused appliances.
By cutting power bills, households could also slash greenhouse gas emissions, help the environment as and their hip pockets.
Mr Myers's top five tips for saving money (and the environment) were:
- Switch off standby power - Eliminate standby power on the night and all year round. Save up to $80 a year and 0.4 tonnes of CO2
- Don't over heat or over cool rooms - Only heat or cool the room you're using and keep the temperature between 23 and 26 degrees. Save over $80 per year and 0.4 tonnes of CO2.
- Get rid of that second fridge - Old fridges can use 2-3 times the electricity of a newer fridge. Trade in the old fridge and save up to $250 per year and more than 1 tonne of CO2.
- Switch off the lights and switch to energy saving bulbs - Save more than $60 and 0.4 tonnes of CO2 over the life of a CFL.
- Check your pool pump running times - Switch off pumps during Earth Hour and when you reset it, don't run it for too long. Save up to $120 per year and 0.6 tonnes of CO2.
That's a total saving off your power bill of up to $590.