In our previous article, we talked about Saving Electricity in the Kitchen. People asked us for more Saving Electricity Tips….So, today, we want to talk about Saving Electricity on a wider spectrum. From July 2016, electricity prices in South East Queensland are determined by electricity retail providers. — Do you have high Electricity Bills???? —  Then I do hope you’ll find the Saving Electricity Tips from Opto Electrical, Valuable.

Energy Saving Lights
Saving Electricity With The Correct Choice Of Lights

Saving Electricity with the correct Lighting and Lighting Control

  • Replace your halogen lighting with LED lighting
  • Use solar light tubes where possible
  • Use occupancy sensors where possible
  • Use dimmers where possible
  • In general, dimmers save an additional 20%
  • Occupancy sensors save an additional 50%
  • and dimmers +sensors 60%
  • Use security lights with motion detection
  • Use task lighting where possible

Saving Electricity on Hot Water Systems

  • Lag all exposed water pipes (hot and cold)
  • Fit energy efficient tap facets (reduced flow)
  • When washing hands, try not using hot water tap if not necessary.
  • Fit a timer to your HWS
  • Compare your HWS with more modern units (energy consumption)

There are more energy-efficient systems on the market now

  • Gas storage and gas instant
  • Solar gas boost and solar electric boost
  • Electric storage and heat pump units.

Check for availability of incentive schemes from Energex or Government

Saving Electricity on your Air Conditioning Systems

  • Set the temp settings lower for night time use
  • Close off vents and areas that doesn’t require air conditioning
  • Service AC unit regularly (especially filters and condenser coils)
  • (can be done by yourself )
  • Fit a smart thermostat
  • Turn off unecessary lights as they ad to heat load
  • Close curtains / blinds to avoid solar heat gain
  • Don’t cool unoccupied rooms
  • Ceiling fans are great to help circulate conditioned air
  • Check for incentive schemes from Energex or government
  • Install energy star rated AC units when replacing or new.

Saving Electricity on Pool Heating Systems

  • Try using Solar hot water systems
  • Install heat pumps, they are the most economical at the moment
  • (electricity is cheaper than gas right now)
  • Have a pool blanket made and fitted, close your pool when not in use.

Saving Electricity with Ceiling Fans

  • Ceiling fans are considered the most effective of most fans because they circulate air most efficiently in a room to create a draft throughout. When using a fan you can raise your thermostat setting by about 4° F with no reduction in comfort.
  • In more temperate climates, install a fan in each room. Because they cause a draft they cool you down. When you leave the room, switch the fan off, because they only cool people and not rooms.
  • Choose the right fan for a specific room, for instance, you don’t want a big breeze in a room where you have a lot of papers lying around. The size and shape of the fan blades will determine how strong the breeze would be. A large fan will move more air than a small fan and also turn at a slower speed, thus less noise.
  • In general, more expensive fans are more quite than cheaper units.
  • Check for an energy star rating on the fan you purchase, as these fans are about 20% more energy efficient than other fans.

Saving Electricity with Insulation

  • Lowering your heating and cooling bills by using the correct rated insulation. Properly insulated houses will save you money on your heating and cooling costs.
  • Most people think that heat only rises, but heat actually moves in all directions from warm to cooler areas by conduction and radiation.
  • Ceiling insulation is in most cases the fastest and easiest to do.
  • Wall insulation however in most cases gets done in the construction phase….it can be done after construction, yet it will be inconvenient and have extra costs involved.
  • It makes good economic sense to insulate the entire building envelope. In some cases, it was proved that no heating or cooling had to be used in insulated buildings.
  • The most modern type of insulation is called phase change insulation, this is a material that can retain heat or cold for longer periods of time. This type of insulation will enhance the energy efficiency of your home.
  • The good thing about insulation materials, you can do it yourself or if you want to, you can have professionals install it for you.
  • Should you have combustion type appliances in your home, be careful not to seal your house too tight. This could become a dangerous situation.

Saving Electricity with Heat Pumps

  • Heat pumps are the most energy-efficient water heating system at the moment.
  • Whether you require hot water for your home, commercial or industrial facility.
  • Swimming pool heating with heat pumps, are the most economical to do at the moment due to the expensive gas prices.
  • Most common types of heat pumps used, are: Air-source, ductless mini-split, geothermal and absorption heat pumps.
  • Heat pumps nowadays typically use 1kw of input energy to deliver in excess of 5kw of heat energy.

Saving Electricity with Solar Lighting

  • The sun is FREE, why are we not utilising the sun more???
  • Nowadays you can have a solar light tube and combine it with artificial light and you can have a dimming option on the daylight or the artificial light.
  • Furthermore, you can add an occupancy sensor, so when everybody leaves, all electrical lighting is switched off.
  • These solar tubes also have the ability to stop all infra-red rays, therefore no heat build-up in your room.
  • No heat build-up also means that your air conditioner works less.

Saving Electricity on Gate Motors and Borehole Pumps with Solar PV

  • Most electric gate motors only operate approximately 16 times per day, therefore it may be feasible to have a battery-operated motor, charged by solar PV (small panel)
  • This leads to no cable laying costs, electricity usage.
  • An intercom system can also be wireless and work off the same battery.
  • Most borehole pumps can run during the day to fill tanks or drink troughs.
  • Therefore, Solar PV system powering a 12 or 24Volt pump in most cases is more than sufficient.
  • If need be, a battery backup storage unit can be added for the odd occasion when there is no sunlight available.
  • These are totally independent systems, but can still be monitored and controlled, should the need arise.

Saving Electricity on Pool Pumps

  • Choose the highest energy star rated pump motor for your pool.
  • Choose the appropriate pump size and plumbing sizes for your pool.
  • Multi-speed or variable speed pumps are more desirable as you can reduce the speed when filtering and up the speed when you are using cleaning equipment.
  • Try using your pump in off-peak tariff periods.
  • Don’t run the pump un-necessary, schedule run times according to usage and season.
  • Maintain your pool at all times and keep filters clean, will save the pump from working against clogged plumbing and filters.

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