How to conduct an energy audit
Whether you have resolved to save money or reduce your carbon footprint, lowering your energy use can be a great place to start. If you’re serious about it, beginning your year by conducting an energy audit can be a great stepping stone to saving both energy and money. Read on to see a few pointers on conducting an energy audit at your home or business.
Check your current retailer rates
If your business or home is located in New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia or South East Queensland, you could benefit by comparing energy retailers and switching to a cheaper energy plan.
But manual comparisons can be difficult, so we recommend talking to one of our energy experts who can
Check Your Appliances
The easiest place to begin your electricity audit is by taking a look at your appliances – when was the last time they were replaced? If your appliances are older they may not be as energy efficient as they once were and it could be a good idea to look at investing in new, more energy efficient replacements. When buying new appliances remember to take a look at the power star rating and go for one as high as your budget allows.
Make Sure You Unplug
From the television to microwaves, just because an appliance isn’t currently in use doesn’t mean that it isn’t using electricity. With standby power being accountable for up to 10% of energy consumption, it makes sense when auditing your energy use to ensure that items are fully unplugged where possible to reduce energy consumption. Don’t do it alone - remind members of your household or work team to unplug electrical items when they’re not in use.
Look at Switching Your Energy
Whether you are a business or domestic energy customer, one of the simplest ways to reduce your energy bills is to ensure that you are on the correct tariff for your needs. As part of your energy audit make sure that you get in touch with us at Make It Cheaper and a member of our dedicated energy savings team will be happy to analyse your energy use and advise you on whether you are on the right tariff for your needs.
Take a Look at Lighting
Ensure that you are using energy efficient light globes where possible and consider LED bulbs if you haven’t already. Not only do LED bulbs last longer than standard lighting, but they work at a much lower temperature than incandescent lighting so use less energy to light a room.
Check Your Insulation
Have a look around your home for any gaps under doors or around windows. These gaps can allow valuable warm or cool air to escape outdoors which means that your air conditioning unit will have to work harder to keep the space at the required temperature, therefore using more energy and increasing your bills.