Did you know it can be cheaper to run a slow cooker on the weekend? Nope. Neither did we. In light of winter, we’ve compiled the ultimate energy saving hacks that you might not have considered, from people in the know – a few local team members from Aurora Energy.
Mitch has probably heard every power-saving trick under the sun helping customers in the call centre. His best one – “When you’re cooking and need boiling water. Boil your water in the kettle first and then tip it into your saucepan and you’re ready to go – no more hanging around waiting for your pot to boil!” Genius.
According to Chelsea, the best time to do a big batch cook is when you can tap into off peak power, if you have that option. “In winter I use my slow cooker more and more, especially on weekends. Because I’m on a Peak and Off-Peak product, weekends are when it’s cheaper to use power. I always cook extra when I use the slow cooker so I have pre-cooked meals for the week ahead.”
Neil works in the Hobart office, he reckons you can cut down your hot water use by limiting yourself to one song in the shower. “Hot water is a big user of power so shorter showers are a must. Four minutes is all you need. Enough for a few renditions of your team song or your favourite old classic.” One epic power ballad it is then.
And did you know that if your hot tap drips, you’re not only using more water but also more power? Dig out that wrench and tighten it up to save a bit there too.
Use timers to make sure your heating or cooling turns on and off only when you need it. Keeping the temperature between 18 and 20°C is best – every degree you add could cost you up to 10% on your power use.
And finally, the easiest power saving hack you’ll ever find. Turn it off. If you’re not in a room, turn off the lights or if you’re not using an appliance, turn it off at the wall. Your bank account will thank you for it. ■