Lee Constable

Tips to beat higher power bills in the colder months

WHILE the risk of fire increases during the colder months, so does the risk of high power bills.

The Energy and Water Ombudsman urges Valley residents to take steps to save their wallets unnecessary trauma.

"Winter power bills are a double whammy for consumers. The combination of cold weather, less daylight and more rain means many of us use more power in our homes at this time of year," Ombudsman Clare Petre said.

There are simple steps to help reduce winter power use - For more tips go to ewon.com.au.

  • Be aware of what appliances you're running, turn them off when not in use
  • Trap the heat in by closing doors, windows and blocking draughts - your heater won't work as hard
  • Do you need the heater on or will few extra layers of clothing will suffice?
  • Use the cold water setting on your washing machine and clothesline instead of the dryer
  • Keep your appliances well-maintained, faulty appliances can be inefficient
  • Plan ahead - power bills after the winter months are generally higher so budget accordingly


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