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Check your electricity use and prevent bill shock!

on Thursday, 04 February 2016.

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In the middle of a scorching hot summer the temptation to turn the air conditioning down to a crisp 21 degrees is overwhelming and the resulting electricity bill can be shocking!

CSA Services want to transform the way you create and use energy.

Our expert energy management helps homeowners; businesses and communities reduce energy costs, increase property values and lock-in savings for years to come.

To prevent bill shock it’s important to understand how your household uses energy. Did you know there’s simple ways to measure your electricity usage and identify those power hungry offending appliances?

Spend a day to monitor your meter and you could save thousands in the long-run.

Step 1: Measure your electricity use on an average day

Take a reading of your electricity use from your meter box (reading 1) note the time and take a reading 24 hours later (reading 2).

Subtract reading one from reading two and you are left with the number of kWhs used per day on an average day.

The average Australian Household consumption is approximately 16kWh per day.

If you are using substantially more than this, it’s time to download our energy saving tips.

Step 2: Find your baseline CSA Blog 1 Pic 2

To find your electricity usage baseline you will need to enlist the help of everyone in your household, or pre-warn them. Better still, plan a nice day out. To find your baseline reading you need to turn off all electrical appliances except for anything essential for 24 hours.

Take a reading of your electricity use from your meter box (reading 1) note the time, do not use anything but essential items for the next 24 hours and then take (reading 2) from your meter.

Subtract reading one from reading two and you are left with the number of kWhs used on your baseline day.

Step 3: Find those energy hungry appliances

Check your electricity bill to see how much you pay per unit for your electricity.

If your air conditioner uses 1200watts of power per day then:

     1200*4 hours = 4.8kWh per day

     4.8kWh*.26*90 days = $112.32

As you can see, if you run your air conditioner for only four hours during the hottest three months in Summer, it will hit your back pocket!

From quality reliable solar grid installations and connections (3kW to 1MW) to off grid and remote power, CSA Services are energy management experts. With more than 20 years experience we deliver exceptional customer care, backed by genuine business relationships and industry expertise.

For the best advice on how to check you electricity use and prevent bill shock contact us today!

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