Top 7 Tips to Reduce Your Gas Bill

With rising energy prices across Australia, many households are now becoming more proactive about reducing their electricity and gas consumption. Cutting back on electricity use is a fairly straightforward process – you probably already know that you can reduce your power bill by turning off lights when you leave a room, switching off appliances when not in use and swapping to energy-efficient lightbulbs. But when it comes to reducing gas consumption, many Australian’s are less certain. Fortunately, reducing your gas bill doesn’t have to be complicated. To help you get started, we’ve put together our top 7 tips to reduce your gas bill:

  1. Upgrade or Adjust Your Hot Water System: Switching to instantaneous hot water service is a good way to save on water heating costs, as these types of systems use a lot less gas. Another option is to lower the thermostat on your existing hot water service by a few degrees (you likely won’t notice the difference in temperature).
  2. Pay Attention to Energy Efficiency Labels: Every appliance sold in Australia should have one of these labels, which are designed to tell you how water-efficient the appliance is. A dishwasher or washing machine that requires less hot water per cycle can save you a lot of money on your gas bill in the long run.
  3. Choose Economy Settings on Appliances: A dishwasher that runs on “economy” will wash at a lower temperature, thereby requiring less gas to heat the water. Similarly, washing clothes on a cold water cycle can go a long way towards reducing your gas bill.
  4. Invest in a Solar-Powered System with Gas Booster: This is a great option for bigger homes with large families. The solar-powered system heats the bulk of the hot water during the day, but the gas booster ensures that you won’t ever run out of hot water, even after all of the solar-heated water has been used up.
  5. Think Before You Turn The Heater On: By adjusting your reactions to cooler weather (bundling up before you crank up the heat) you can reduce the amount of gas used. If you really feel that you need the heater on, try lowering the temperature setting by just a few degrees.
  6. Be Conscious of How You Cook: Most recipes recommend preheating the oven, as electric-powered ovens take longer to heat up. If cooking with a gas oven, try skipping the lengthy preheating stage and just turn the oven on when you’re ready to start cooking. Escaping heat can also increase gas usage, so regularly check the oven seals and replace if necessary.
  7. Consider Swapping to a Different Energy Retailer: If you’ve been with your current energy retailer for several years now then it’s likely you’ve been subjected to several sneaky price hikes along the way. To make sure you’re getting the best possible deal on your energy supply, try completing a free online comparison of energy retailers. It’s quick, easy and could end up saving you a lot of money on your next gas bill!

 

Author: Claire Stapley
Claire Stapley is ElectricityComparison.com.au's Energy Editor, based in Melbourne Australia. Claire is a founding member of ElectricityComparison.com.au News and Energy Team.