Singles and couples
Your energy needs are likely to be more flexible, which puts you in a good position to make savings.
Compare and save
Make sure you have the best plan for your gas and electricity use by going to Victorian Energy Compare. Enter some basic details about your energy consumption using your latest bill and you can easily compare gas and electricity offers, including flat rate and flexible pricing, from energy retailers in your area.
Nine out of 10 users of this tool were able to save money by finding a better deal, with 50% of users finding they could save more than $330 per year.
Consider a flexible pricing plan
If you're at work all day, switching your electricity to a flexible pricing plan could make sense because you already use most of your energy in shoulder or off-peak periods. You could make considerable savings. There's no peak on weekends so it's a great time to get your weekly washing done.
Watch your standby power use
Did you know that your phone charger is still using energy even when your phone is not plugged in? Up to 10% of your electricity use could be on gadgets that are on standby, including audio equipment, TVs, DVD players and gaming consoles.
A standby power controller will automatically reduce standby time and switch appliances off when not in use. You may be eligible for a standby power controller through the Energy Saver Incentive.
Are you thinking of upgrading an old, inefficient appliance or buying a new appliance?
Before you buy anything, check our appliance calculator. Choosing a highly efficient model can lead to considerable energy savings.
Find out about running costs and savings of energy efficient appliances.
Households can also access discounts on energy-efficient appliances through the Victorian Energy Upgrades program. Products covered by the program include televisions, fridges and freezers, hot water units, heating and cooling units and clothes dryers. It also covers home lighting and shower-heads.
Other ways to save
It's not hard to make some changes around your home that put more cash in your pocket. Visit our interactive energy-efficient house. Also see our top ten ways to save energy.
A more energy-efficient house is likely to have a higher resale value. Check our interactive energy-efficient house for ways you can make energy savings when updating your home.
Sustainability Victoria provides renovations advice on incorporating energy efficiency and reducing energy costs.
Moving house – what to look out for
Renting or buying a new place? It's a good idea to check that your new home will be energy efficient. Consider these questions when making your choice:
- Will the living areas get enough sun in winter?
- Is the house insulated (floor, walls, ceiling)?
- What type of heating system does it have?
- Is there a problem with damp?
- Are the windows double-glazed or lined with heavy curtains?
- How efficient are the appliances that come with the house?
- What sort of lighting is installed?
Check our Energy Saver Incentive list – there are some things you can easily change in a rental or a house you own that will make a difference to your bills.