Many people in New Zealand constantly receives high electricity bills. Most of them just live with it, not knowing the other things they can do to lower it. One is to know which items in the house waste energy.
Here are a few things that contribute to high electricity bills at home:
Malfunctioning or ill-maintained heating and cooling equipment
As almost all of New Zealand homes have them, a home heating and cooling left in disrepair or improperly maintained can quickly cause a spike in electricity bills. Keep in mind that HVAC systems already account for around 40 to 50 per cent of energy consumption in homes — a number that can go up considerably when it starts to malfunction.
Intentional or unintentional user neglect
There are a lot of things that you (or anyone else in the household) likely do to increase your energy consumption. Whether intentional or unintentional, leaving the lights on, or not powering off appliances and equipment can make your electricity bills rise.
Appliances or equipment on standby mode
Although it is definitely convenient to put your home theatre system, microwave, or air conditioning on standby mode, know that this feature still consumes electricity. As Smarter Homes pointed out, appliances on standby can still add about $80 to your yearly energy costs.
While your HVAC system and hot water heater are the biggest energy users in your home, several other appliances can contribute to the unnecessary high electricity bills. This is especially true once they start malfunctioning. For instance, your refrigerator will have to use up more energy when the seals around its door develop leaks, or when it its refrigerant level drops. You should contact a fridge repair specialist once you notice signs of damages, such as flapping door seals.
Being mindful of your household’s energy consumption will not only help you manage your electricity bills; it will also help you turn your home into a more environmentally-friendly dwelling.