Most of you know that an easy and continual way to save money is to connect energy hungry appliances to an off-peak tariff, most commonly hot water services and pool pumps. Even Energex now offers a $250 ‘Positive Payback’ reward for hooking your pool pump up to the Economy Tariff 33 (read more about the Positive Payback here: http://bit.ly/VCW9mN).
But throughout winter, it is often the clothes dryer which causes a surge in the power bill of a number of residents. So many of us use our clothes dryer on a daily basis to ensure a constant supply of clean work and school uniforms, even on the coldest and wettest of days. And with the constant rain the Gold Coast has been experiencing for the past few weeks, it’s safe to assume that thousands of families have been doing the same thing at peak times – running their clothes dryer nonstop! By connecting your clothes dryer to an off-peak tariff you can significantly reduce its running costs.
The catch? Well it just means that you can’t use your dryer during peak times* but then every time you are using it, the running costs are up to 50% off the normal domestic tariff. Not a bad trade off in my opinion.
And for another added bonus, Energex don’t always restrict your power supply. I have my washing machine & clothes dryer connected to an off-peak tariff and without even thinking, I tried to use them both at about 6pm the other night, and guess what? They operated as normal.
This just shows that Energex don’t restrict power to your off-peak appliances every single night at exactly the same time; I guess it just depends on the overall energy consumption in your suburb at the time. But in general, off-peak tariffs provide electricity for up to 18 hours a day.
*Generally between about 5pm-9pm each day, but exact timings may vary and are determined by Energex
If you want to know more about off-peak tariffs and our services, come down to our Gold Coast showroom and speak to me or one of my fantastic team members today.
Dan the Sparky Man
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