According to news reports, Electricity tariffs will increase by 6.1% during April 1 to June 30. 6.1% sounds like a lot, but if you look at actual figures (see extract from the TODAY article below), we’re talking about an increase of between $1.58 to $28.48 a month, depending on the size of your house.

Still, if every cent counts, then it is time to have your own “save electricity” campaign at home. Here are some little things we could make a habit of at home, that could help you maintain the size of your SP bill:

  • Washing machine – Run the washes using low temperature or cold water. A heated wash not only spoils certain clothes, but also uses electricity for heating up the water before the hot wash. Of course, not forgetting that it is better to run a full load to save water.
  • Water heaters– Don’t forget to turn them off after a shower.
  • Air-conditioners – Service your compressor and air-conditioners regularly, a dirty compressor is like a choked pipe, making the system work harder and uses more electricity. On nights that aren’t too hot, consider cooling the room down for a couple of hours, then switch to using fans for the rest of the night. Raising the thermostat (set temperature) of your air-conditioner will save some energy too.
  • Dryer – Ditch the dryer on sunny days when you are able to (such as on weekends). Dryers are electricity sucking monsters, and using less of them can shave off quite a bit from your electrical bills.
  • Dormant electrical devices – Unplug any electrical devices that are not in use. That TV and that BluRay player in the spare room. When was the last time you used it?

These are the little things one could do with minimal effort that would shave off a few dollars from your monthly electricity bills.

Back to the news report. It says in increase of 6.1% is from 1 Apr to 30 Jun.

So what’s left hanging is whether come July, there will be further increases.

Considering that this is a complicated matter pushed by market forces, then it may be good to err on the side of pessimism and assume that the increase could continue. And so, if you are thinking long-term, then consider these other options as well:

  • Upgrade – replacing inefficient devices like that old National brand fridge from your grandma’s era. You’ll be surprised to find that they are electricity guzzlers more than a giant two-door new refrigerator designed in recent times, as manufacturers have improved their technology over the years. Look for the energy efficient ticks on the labels at your next purchase.
  • Rightsize – A household of 2 does not need a giant fridge. Correspondingly, a household of 8 people may well find their little fridge overstuffed with food and choked to the brim. Both scenarios are not energy efficient, so look at your appliances and consider right-sizing them the next time you think of changing appliances.

And so the saying, while slightly pessimistic, goes:

“If you can’t change the situation, you can only change the way you respond to it”.