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How to avoid a big energy bill this summer

How to avoid a big energy bill this summer

01 Dec 2017
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With great power comes great energy bills. Cranking your air-conditioner can be tempting as summer sets in, but beware of skyrocketing electricity costs.

Unless you’re really good at zoning out the news, you may have noticed that energy has become quite a contentious issue in Australia. While the government bickers about how to bring down prices (without causing state-wide blackouts – we’re looking at you, South Australia), there are some simple steps you can take to avoid spending your life savings on electricity this summer.

If you’re determined to take back control of your power bill, join us as we take you on a journey of summertime energy saving.

analyse your energy habits

Warm weather has a way of creeping up on your energy bills. As spring gradually builds up to summer and you start running your air-conditioner a little longer each day, it’s easy to become complacent.

Rather than running your air-conditioner 24/7 at the first sign of summer, try to hold out against the heat for as long as you can. Ask yourself, do you really need to make your home feel like a fridge when the temperature outside has barely broken 30°C? It can be easy to forget about the cost of electricity when heat strikes, but putting an end to your slightly-too-passionate love affair with air-conditioning could be the key to reigning in your energy consumption.

We’re not saying you have to suffer through blistering heatwaves. When that summer peak hits, by all means, crank on the air-con. But keeping a close eye on how much you use your cooling devices throughout summer can keep your next bill from taking a huge bite out of your bank account.

tips for surviving the summer

If you’re not sure where to start when it comes to reducing your energy bill, we’ve got your back. When the mercury starts to rise, try the following tips to stay as cool as a cucumber:

  • Hang heavy curtains – Good lighting is great, but blazing sunshine can turn your house into a sauna during summer. Covering your windows with heavy curtains is a great way to make your home feel like a shady, cool oasis
  • Trap rising heat – Remember all those fire safety warnings about rising heat? On days where you can’t resist turning on your air-conditioner, it pays to remember this detail. If you live in a multi-storey home, block off airflow to your upstairs areas to lighten the load for your air-conditioner
  • Use your ceiling fans – The humble ceiling fan gets a bad rap compared to more high-powered cooling devices, but they can work wonders on hot days. Opening up all your windows and turning your ceiling fans up full blast will create a nice breezy sensation, and they run at a fraction of the cost of an air-conditioner
  • Adjust your air-conditioner – According to Your Energy Savings, raising the temperature on your air-conditioner by just 1° can shave up to 10% off your energy bill. Amazing, right?

Become more energy efficient can take some getting used to, but practice makes perfect.

Discover more handy tips on reducing your energy usage throughout the year

shop around for a new energy provider

Even if you master the art of saving electricity over the summer, avoiding a big bill can still be tricky without the right energy provider. Shopping around Australia’s energy market is key to finding a deal that can meet your budget and your household’s appetite for energy.

If you’re keen to make the most of amaysim’s no lock-in contracts simply let us know the details of your household, and we’ll create a tailored solution to meet your home’s needs - check out our energy plans and get an obligation-free quote today.