It’s a little odd to say, but electricity is a big part of family life. When you think about it, how often do your family use electricity during the day? There’s lighting, electric showers, cookers, computers, televisions and air conditioning units to name but a few. The truth is, as your family grows so do your energy bills! By introducing your family to a few simple energy-saving habits, you will soon see your energy consumption and bills start to drop so that you have a few extra dollars in your pocket at the end of the month to spend on what really matters; enjoying time together!

Change to Energy Efficient Electrical Equipment

It may seem like a little bit of an expense at first, but investing in energy-efficient electrical goods can be an easy way to decrease your energy use in the home without making a big change to your lifestyle. Whether you just want to start small with changing to energy-efficient lightbulbs or go all the way with a full kitchen refit, you will see the difference when your next energy bill comes through!

Spend One Night a Week ‘Unplugged’

Not only does this save on energy usage, but it’s also a great way to reconnect as a family without the distractions of televisions, games consoles or other electrical devices. Why not spend your ‘unplugged’ evening playing board games, going for a walk or reading together as a family? There are plenty of things you can do away from the electricity that will help you save on your energy bills and usage!

Don’t Leave Electrical Devices on Standby

It’s easy to do, you finish watching your favourite television show then press the standby button on the remote rather than unplugging it from the wall. Did you know that by leaving items on standby rather than unplugging, they are still using electricity? Getting up and unplugging an item when it’s not in use may seem like a bit of a hassle at the time, but will be worth it at the end of the month when you see your energy bill drop!

Have an ‘Energy Savings’ Chart For Your Children

Why not create an ‘energy savings chart’ to keep a track of any energy-saving tasks that your children complete around the home. You could reward your children every week or month if they complete a certain number of energy-saving tasks. Keep children interested by involving them right from the beginning and ask them to choose their own tasks for the reward chart and what they would like to be rewarded with.


Leanne is a content writer and creator with a passion for saving money on the essentials, so it can be spent on the fun things that matter! She spends her days writing at Make It Cheaper; a service that aims to save households and businesses across Australia money by ensuring they are on the correct energy tariff for their needs.