You’ve spent months planning for the little one to arrive. No doubt you’ve bought the cot, researched the safest car seats, looked at colour swatches for the nursery walls and possibly even invested in organic, paraben free nappy rash cream. In the spirit of preparation here are a few helpful tips you can put in place before the arrival of your first bub and their first couple of months, to save on your electricity bill and peace of mind when you need it most.
Tip 1: Lights and Midnight
Take a weekend to change your halogen lights to LED’s, these are a much more energy efficient way to light a room. Halogen Bulbs can use 9 times as much electricity as an equivalent light from an LED globe or downlight. When you multiply that by the number of lights you have in your house, it can add up to hundreds of dollars a year.
No doubt you’ll be entering late night and early morning feeds, so it’s worth considering some low light desk lamps as well. These will give you enough illumination to stumble bleary eyed to your feeding chair, this will also save on your electricity bill and your eyes in the dark.
With the carbonTRACK system you can easily control your lights and appliances from your phone, so you can save those stubbed toes.
Tip 2: Suds and Soap
You’ll most likely have been gifted lots of newborn clothes, people cannot resist buying those tiny little jumpsuits. Considering this, try doing full loads of laundry. Not only will it reduce your water and electricity bill, but you’ll also find you’ll save time.
A good tip is to do loads in the evening, when everything has been dirtied for the day. This is also more likely to be an off-peak time for electricity, so you’ll be charged at a lower rate. You can pair this with avoiding using hot water to further increase savings. Roughly 75 percent of the energy required to do a load of laundry goes into heating the water. Cold water can help your clothes last longer too, as heat can break down dyes in the clothes and cause shrinkage.
If you have solar panels installed, you can do your washing during the day when you are generating your own electricity. For those who work during the day, there are some great home automation products out there. These products allow you to set schedules and turn on your appliances when you aren’t around but your solar is.