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One of the main benefits to your HotSource Dashboard is that you get access to accurate data of your own energy consumption. Once you have a handle on how much and when you are consuming energy the most, the next stage is working out where it’s going, to contextualise your usage against common averages.
A unit is a measure of energy and equates to one kWhr, or is the equivalent of having a 1000W load on for one hour. When your gas retailer provides you with a bill, a unit of gas is equal to 1kWhr of 3.6MJ. The average household consumes around 25 units of energy each day. Due to the efficient nature of our customers and the buildings we operate in, the average Source customer runs at about 10 units per day. Whilst there can be variance, it’s good to know where you sit.
To give you a feel of where this energy goes we have put together this rough estimate of what an “average” dwelling looks like.
Keep in mind that these are only averages and while it is handy to help identify what the big ticket items for energy consumption may be, every residence runs differently. These are just a few factors to consider;
The more people you have in your household, the more energy you are going to consume. If those living in your household are energy conscious, following our tips will help to reduce your overall energy usage.
Modern air conditioners control their power draw once your room hits a set temperature point. So asking your AC to achieve a cool temperature in summer of 20°C will cost a lot more than if you set it at 23°C.
Through both the peak of summer and winter we find that energy usage jumps considerably with the extra load placed on the air conditioner or heaters, hot showers and additional lighting. During the spring and autumn periods in Perth, you should see your usage dropping.
This catches many people out. If you had gas hot water previously and now have an electric hot water unit you will notice a jump in your electricity bill. But of course you won’t be receiving as large a gas bill, or no gas bill at all, if you only have electric cooking. An instantaneous electric hot water system will use a lot of electricity but only whilst you are using the hot water.
Other appliances within your home may surprise you in how much energy they require, some to look for are; bar and oil heaters, big plasma TV’s and heated towel rails. Have a look at your appliances; they will usually have a sticker that provides the energy usage level.
Start with the big items first as small changes with these will have the largest impact;
HOT WATER: Low flow shower heads, shorter showers, cold wash your clothes.
AIR CONDITIONING & HEATING: In summer try and maximise the cooler nights and natural breeze and in winter look for that woollen jumper before cranking the heater. Try and close doors and heat or cool only the rooms you are actually in rather than the whole home.
Now that you are armed with a bit more knowledge about your consumption of energy, we recommend that you go back and check your dashboard. You will be amazed at how much you can optimise your energy and live a more affordable, and sustainable lifestyle.
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