No cost Keep windows, curtains and blinds closed during the day to stop the summer sun from getting into the house At night time, open windows and blinds to let hot air out and cool air in. If you have west facing windows, open them in the late afternoon to let the sea breeze in At the start of summer, clean the filters in your air conditioner. This means your air conditioner won’t have to work as hard when cooling your house Before turning on the air conditioner, try using a fan, you could save up to $200 a year Keep your air conditioner setting at 24 degrees – every degree lower you set... Read more
No cost Set your heater or thermostat to between 18 and 20 degrees, as every degree warmer can increase your running costs by up to 10% When the temperature starts to drop, grab a jumper, some woolly socks or a blanket, instead of reaching for the heater or turning on your electric blanket Hang clothes on a clothesline on sunny winter days, or a clothes rack under shelter on rainy days Adjust your storage hot water system from 80°C to 60°C Close your curtains at night to trap the heat inside and check there are no drafts entering under doors or through cracks When you have the heater on,... Read more
Western Australia’s electricity use continues to grow, especially during peak periods. The term peak demand refers to the times of day when as a community our electricity consumption is at its highest. In addition, Western Power understands the rising cost of electricity is being felt by many households. By working together as a community to reduce our electricity use, particularly during peak periods, we can help to ensure a reliable and affordable supply for everyone.
Reducing your electricity use brings a number of benefits: Saving money: reducing your power bills in the long term by reducing the need for more generators and network infrastructure (costs which get passed onto customers) It reduces greenhouse gas emissions which contribute to climate change. While renewable sources of energy, like wind, play an increasing role in our system, the vast majority of our electricity is still generated from fossil fuels like gas, oil and coal. Reducing our electricity use reduces the flow of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Small changes to the way we use... Read more
Turn off your second fridge and save up to $200 a year Turn off standby power and save up $150 a year Replacing your old incandescent lights with CFLs could save you up to $165 a year Replacing 10 downlights with 10 LED lights could save you up to $150 a year Adjusting your storage hot water system from 80 degrees to 60 degrees could save you up to $70 a year During summer and warm weather, try not to use your clothes dryer and save up to $95 a year Washing your clothes in cold water could save up to $40 a year Reducing washing machine and dishwasher loads by one each week, and only washing... Read more
Before you leave don’t forget to: Turn your electrical appliances off at the wall – leaving your appliances on standby still uses electricity Turn off timers – if you have any appliances (including your air conditioner), on a timer make sure you don’t waste electricity and money by leaving them on when not needed Switch off the second fridge – if your second fridge is only used for keeping drinks cool, turning it off when you’re away is a simple way to save electricity When you’re on holiday it’s easy to be energy efficient: When you go out switch off the air conditioner - closing curtains... Read more
The cost of electricity has risen sharply in recent years. If you are experiencing financial hardship and cannot pay your power bill, help may be available. The State Government offers rebates and concessions which provide financial assistance to eligible households.