Sydney mum slashes its electricity bill

The 33-year-old former paediatric audiologist, who is currently working full-time mother, lives with her scientist husband on the northern beaches of Sydney.

The couple has three young boys, aged 10 months, four and six, and they moved their growing family into a new house about a year ago.

Ms. Thompson-Laing has done a lot of research during the preparation of the household budget.

“We moved from a small duplex in a big house, so I asked the officer, if they had the spirit to find out how much the electricity bills have been,” she said the au.

“I almost had a heart attack. I couldn’t believe it was $1 800 to $2000 per quarter. When we moved, I was like, ‘Ok, we’re going to do everything that is possible to cut down”.”

In the last 12 months, she said that her electricity bills have ranged from about $420 to $600 per quarter, depending on the season.

The total amount of the savings come to approximately $5400.

There is no point of cooling the empty space in a refrigerator or freezer. Photo: iStock

Their house is full of downlights, and Ms. Thompson-Laing said his first step was switching from a high-energy halogen globes to the efficiency of the Led.

“The only thing that cost us money was changing the lights on, a lot of things come down to the use of the house,” she said.

She spent a lot of time to find ridiculously simple ways to reduce the costs.

“It’s just basic habits, we make sure to turn off all the lights, turn off the appliances. We stay in one room at a time — we don’t have the lights in a room, the computer in another room, and the TV in a bedroom.

“The house has four air conditioners, and I don’t know if [the previous occupant] has all running at once. There is even an air conditioner in the shed, who wants to pay for it? We keep the house at a reasonable temperature.”

After all, she says, it is cheaper to put on a sweater than turn a heating device.

Ms. Thompson-Laing keeps the fridge and freezer stocked, so it is not wasting power cooling empty space, and it does not operate the dishwasher unless it’s crowded.

She is doing research of peak and off-peak hours, and sets the washing machine on a timer so it runs during the cheapest part of the day.

Switching lights to the energy efficiency of Leds makes a big difference. Photo: iStock

“I have three kids so everything works, but it is just being reasonable about this. We don’t stick things in the dryer unless they absolutely have to be dried. We don’t have air conditioning if it is not hot.

“We also make sure all our appliances are energy efficient. We spent a little more on them at the beginning, but it is starting to pay.”

She and her husband also did the tour to the energy suppliers.

They are currently with a company called Alinta, which began as a small Western Australian gas distributor in 1995 and has become one of the largest energy infrastructure companies in the country.

Ms. Thompson-Laing simply said: “It was the cheapest we could find”.

“Previously, we were with another company, and we had a really good deal, but when it finished, of course, they say nothing about it. Our next bill was going, so we left.”

His advice is simple and direct, and she said anyone can do it.

“There is nothing special about it.”

Michelle Thompson-Laing writes about parenting, organization, cooking and budgeting on her blog, Keep Calm organize.

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