10 off-peak energy hacks to reduce your electricity bills

Updated 13/12/2022
10 off-peak energy hacks to reduce your electricity bills

Bills are going up but there are still some easy ways to save some dosh.

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10 Off Peak Energy Hacks To Reduce Your Electricity Bills

Here’s the bad news – electricity prices are predicted to rise again in 2023, and some Australian cities could face the risk of rolling blackouts as the bumpy transition from coal-fired power to renewable energy continues at pace. 

Now the good news – you can use some simple off-peak energy hacks to save money and keep the lights on during the energy crisis. 

What is off-peak energy and why should we care? 

Many Australian households are already feeling the pinch of rising electricity costs – and that’s only set to get worse.

Energy bills are predicted to jump by as much as 30% in 2023

🔌 Here’s what you need to know about off-peak energy: 

Be aware: You’ll typically need a digital or smart meter installed in your home to be eligible for off-peak electricity rates. Your electricity provider should be able to tell you whether you have the right kind of meter. 

Pro tip: You’ll also likely need to have a ‘time of use’ or ‘flexible pricing’ billing agreement with your electricity provider to access cheaper off-peak rates. 

10 ways to save your money

1. If your dishwasher has a timer function, consider setting it to turn on after 10pm. Or perhaps switch it on just before you go to bed.

2. The same goes for your washing machine. Running energy-hungry appliances overnight can help you tap into off-peaking savings.

3. Turning appliances off at the powerpoint before you leave for work in the morning can help to reduce your energy usage during more expensive daytime shoulder periods. 

4. Charging your devices after 10pm can also help to shift more of your electricity consumption to cheaper off-peak periods. 

5. Got an electric car? Charging it after 10pm on weekdays or after 10am on weekends can reduce the cost of running it by about 50% to 70%.

6. Some electric hot water heaters can be set to heat during off-peak periods. As hot water systems can be responsible for around 30% of total household electricity consumption, this one can be quite a money saver. 

7. Installing a solar power system with a battery can also help to ease your peak electricity costs. Charge the system during the day, then switch to battery power during nighttime peak periods (electrical technicians like LiVE Services Group can help you with this).

8. While your fridge needs to stay on during peak periods, upgrading to a more energy-efficient model can pay off in the long run. 

9. Doing a big, weekly off-peak cook up after 10am on weekends can help to reduce your energy bills – and save you time preparing weekday meals. 

10. Likewise, running your pool pump after 10am on weekends can help take some of the power burden off expensive peak periods. 

Be aware: Did you know that your electrical appliances can be responsible for up to 30% of your total household electricity consumption? Checking the energy-star rating of your appliances will help to identify any inefficient culprits that could be blowing out your power bills.  

Pro tip: Garden and outdoor lights can be a hidden drain on your electricity consumption – particularly when they’re in use before 10pm. Switching to solar-powered garden and outdoor lights can reduce your peak load, and save you money. 

The bottom line

It looks likely that Australian households will be paying 30% more for power in 2023.

😐 We might also face electricity shortages and rolling blackouts as more coal-fired power plants come offline.

🔋 Shifting as much of your electricity usage as possible to cheaper off-peak periods can help ease the pain. Off-peak electricity can be between 50% and 70% cheaper than peak electricity, and less vulnerable to shortages and blackouts. 

💡A few simple changes in how and when you use energy-hungry appliances can help you save money and keep the lights on.   

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