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Tim Forcey: 22 ways to cut your energy bills
How to save money on power bills
This is a headline which should be of interest to everyone!
Beyond Zero's Kay and Michael speaks to Tim Forcey, Energy Advisor, Melbourne Energy Institute, University of Melbourne talks about 22 things you can do to improve your home’s energy performance. And how to reach the ultimate goal of a home heated and powered by 100% renewable electricity.
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Tim has ideas on 22 ways of cutting power bills and 38% off electricity and gas. He said there is no economic reason for connection to the gas grid as gas has increased in price 75% over the last 5 years! To make the production and usage of hot water go further it is preferable to consider heat pumps and those with smart meters would find it simpler to trace one's usage regularly. It is possible to do this on line for the clever ones (my expression!)
But first on the list is to install LED lights and thereby using less power without heating and these are of course now being offered free of charge. Next it is also a good idea to ring retailers to request what discounts are available ot to threaten to switch if dissatisfied!
But before getting too technical adequate insulation is important particularly hot water pipes and pressure release valves and a commonsense approach e.g. checking for draughts from old fireplaces and vents and the installatiom of old fashioned drapes and pelmets
Michael raised the question of showerheads which Tim said need not be either giving a satisfying shower or be saving hot water but could be both and if not satisfied could be returned! And that green power is provided by most retailers not only Powershop.
(Summary written by Bev McIntyre)