Woman's ingenuity cuts power bill by 29%
AS Australian households endure power bill shock, a Goonengerry resident is bucking the trend.
Rasa Dover slashed 29% off her winter energy bill and for her efforts was awarded $500 from Byron Shire Council after being named the winner of their Winter Beat Your Power Bills competition.
Rasa said the results came from becoming far more conscious and vigilant about her power usage as part of an overall effort to live a more environmentally sustainable life.
"I really felt I went radical and happily so," she says.
But even she was "gobsmacked" when she compared this year's winter quarterly bill with the same period last year - from $586.52 to $416.83.
Rasa, whose 37-year-old son as well as occasional house-guests were living with her throughout winter, adopted a host of new household practices.
Not being on town water, Rasa requires two electric pumps for her water supply, so cutting down on her water consumption also cuts her power usage.
She saved water used indoors from showers and washing up to place on her garden.
She began using her outdoors dry compost toilet more often.
Rasa has solar hot water installed, but on a cloudy day she used to turn the conventional electricity on fearing there wouldn't be enough hot water.
"I don't do that anymore and I haven't run out of hot water," she says.
Other practices included installing an undercover clothes line to reduce dryer usage, using a power board to eliminate appliances in "stand-by" mode and turning all appliances off at the wall.
She conducted bulk cooking sessions, so if she was cooking a roast there was also a cake in the oven.
Rasa is going to use her $500 win to pay for organic certification of her property.
Here's what Rasa Dover did to cut her power bill:
Installed an undercover clothes line to reduce
Used a power board to eliminate appliances in
Choosing solar hot water heating over electric
Efficient oven use by bulk cooking sessions
Reducing water use and associated pumping
Being vigilant in switching everything off,
including lights, jugs, kettles, lamps etc.