Energy usage habits costing you the most money

Is the burden of high energy bills getting you down? Here’s the energy usage habits that might be costing you the most money.

Stand-by power

Do you know many of your appliances or devices are on standby 24/7? Most of us fall victim to standby power draining our energy bills, it’s unreasonable to keep unplugging the kettle after each use or flicking the TV off at the wall each night.

For appliances or devices that are used regularly, most people will turn a blind eye, and accept that they will need power running through these when needed.

If you have appliances that are only used once every week or month, be sure to unplug these from the power when they are not in use. Saving you on wasted energy charges.

Washing machine

It may seem logical to wash your clothes in the evening, and let them dry overnight, but running your washing machine during peak rate times may be extremely costly on your energy bill.

If possible, do your washing during the day during off-peak rates or run the machine on the ‘economy’ setting to minimise energy used.


It might be the most convenient time for your household, packing the dishwasher after dinner and having the dishes all cleaned before bed, but running the dishwasher in the evening might be costing you a lot more than you think.

By running your dishwasher either during the day off the solar energy or in the afternoon during off-peak periods, you will save on running costs to wash the dishes.

Pool Pumps

Required to keep your pool clean and safe for use, running your pool pump in the evening, could sky-rocket your energy bills.

By setting your pool pump to work during the day, you can run the pump to use cheaper energy, or your solar.

Sunbank Solar Blog Swimming pools and energy usage

It may take a little transition to change your energy usage habits, but these may save you on wasted energy charges on your energy bills.

By using more of the solar energy you generate, you will be using free energy that your system generates, instead of importing from the grid at peak rates.