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Keep an eye on energy costs this winter

By James Brown

Keeping costs down is high on the agenda for any homeowner, but during the winter months, finances can be under more strain than ever.

In light of this, the Energy and Water Ombudsman Queensland has given out some advice to help those living in Elimbah real estate and other parts of the region pay their bills this winter.

Forbes Smith, the energy and water ombudsman, explained how checking faulty appliances is a great way to start when it comes to lowering your bills.

He recommends getting in touch with a licensed electrical contractor if you're unsure about whether an appliance is fit for purpose – it's better to be safe than sorry, after all!

Older appliances are often less efficient than newer models so, in some cases, it may be worth investing in more up-to​-date technology if you want to keep a winter bill shock at bay.

"People also forget that household appliances use significant amounts of electricity in standby mode – when the appliance is not in use but is still turned on at the wall.

"So if you're not using it, turn it off at the wall where practicable," noted Mr Smith.

It's also a good idea to only run your dishwasher, washing machine and tumble dryer when they're full to make sure they run most efficiently.

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