How to reduce your household energy consumption during the pandemic

by | Jun 27, 2023

As the world reels from the coronavirus pandemic, everyone is advised to shelter in his/her own home. And because most people nowadays are working from home, kids are attending classes remotely, and there is a rising need for streamed entertainment, it is likely to see an increase in your monthly energy usage.

For sure, you’ve been trying to find out different ways to reduce your household energy consumption for months now. However, you still haven’t cracked the code. Is it getting more and more frustrating to open your electricity bill? Well, if it is, then maybe you need to try these energy-saving tips advised by Bell Electrical’s Cheltenham electricians to reduce your power consumption.

Tip #1: Conduct a comprehensive energy audit.

Are you wondering why your electricity bills are costing you a lot? Understand what’s driving up the price of electricity, and how your lifestyle affects your bill by conducting a full energy audit.

Start by investigating the trends of household’s energy to see the biggest contributors to your electricity bills. Make sure to assess your appliances’ power usage. You can also consider installing smart meters on your appliances and using more energy-efficient devices. More importantly, you can ask help and advice by calling the expert Cheltenham electricians.

Tip #2: Turn off the lights.

This sounds like an obvious tip, but how often do you consciously turn off the lights? Look around you, and check the lights. Are there lights that are turned on while no one is using them? If so, turn them off.

Turning off the lights when they aren’t in use can significantly decrease electricity use. To save even more, you can try opening your windows and use natural light instead. Before you go to bed, make sure all your lights are turned off at night.

What’s more? You can also change your old light bulbs for new ones. If you’re planning to go to the grocery, check if you can buy LED light bulbs. Quality LED light bulbs only use 75 per cent less energy than traditional incandescent bulbs. They can even last 25 times longer as well.

Tip #3: Do not overindulge in the shower.

Let’s be frank, nobody wants to take a cold shower. However, showers do not only use a lot of water, but it consumes energy as well. Heating the water into that just-right temperature is costing you. Why not shorten your hot shower by a few minutes? This way, you can save both in terms of water and energy usage.

Tip #4: Unplug appliances on standby.

Unplugging devices on standby is recommended by professional Melbourne electricians. It is one of the easiest ways to reduce your energy consumption and lower your electricity bill.

Most of your electronics remain on standby when not in use. Appliances like your game console, TV, and TV boxes continue to consume energy even when they are off, and these can all add up. That is why you must practise unplugging your appliances.

By unplugging and properly switching off your appliances and electronics, you can save around $100 to $200 annually.

Tip #5: Switch to energy-efficient appliances.

You’ve conducted your energy audit. Now, what have you noticed? Do you have energy-efficient appliances? You don’t have one, do you? The devices and equipment you currently own may be the most significant factor in having a high energy consumption.

It’s time to replace your old bulbs and TV sets to energy-efficient ones. Check online shops and purchase more energy-efficient appliances. Let professional Bayside electricians install your new appliances for you.

More Energy-Saving Tricks According to Your Bentleigh Electricians

Want to learn more tricks and techniques to save on energy? Sure, you do. Here’s a list of all the things you can do in every room of your home according to Bell Electrical’s Cheltenham electricians.

Living/Family Room

  • Try lowering the brightness on all TV screens.
  • If your entertainment sets have energy-saving features, use them.
  • Practice plugging all electronics to a power strip, and don’t forget to turn off or unplug your power strip when devices are not in use.
  • Minimise streaming content. When streaming, do not use gaming consoles since they use ten times more power than streaming through a tablet or laptop.
  • Once you leave the room, check whether lights, fans, and other electronics are switched off.


  • Always dust off the exterior coils and top of your refrigerator clean to keep it running efficiently.
  • Avoid opening the oven door while food is cooking. By opening the oven door, you waste energy and lose up to 50 degrees in temperature.
  • Cook several meals at the same time.
  • Use the dishwasher when you have enough dirty dishes for a full load.
  • Turn off your dishwasher’s dry cycle and let your dishes air dry.

Laundry Room

  • Most newer washers are designed for cold water. So, use cold water in washing your clothes in the washer.
  • If the dryer has an auto-dry feature, use that instead of timed dry. However, know that you can save more energy by air drying your laundry.
  • Do your laundry once you have accumulated a full load.

Are you looking for more tips and tricks on how to reduce your energy consumption? Do you have any electrical problems that require professional Cheltenham electricians? Planning to shift to solar energy? Contact Bell Electrical today!

Bell Electrical consists of a team of professional and reliable Melbourne electricians who are experts in performing all aspects of electrical and solar work.

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