With a little practice you can be a master of off-peak power usage on the MoveMaster plan.
By moving power to off-peak you are not only reducing load on the national power grid and infrastructure, but you are also more likely to be using electricity from cleaner generation sources, as there tends to be less fossil fuel generated power during off-peak hours.
And on the MoveMaster plan you can save money too, with better rates off-peak and half price at night (11pm-7am).
It starts by moving anything that does not need to be done during peak hours. Anything that involves heating or cooling uses heaps of power, so let's start with them.
The easy steps!
Tip 1: Put the washing machine on before you go to bed. Many washing machines have an in-built delay system for those that snooze early
Tip 2: Same goes for the dryer
Tip 3: And the dishwasher
If you do these three you are well on your way. For top savings you could pop your Hour of Power on for 11pm as well, and that way the first hour of your washing/drying/dishwashing extravaganza will be 100% free!
Another huge contributor to your power bill is hot water
Tip 4: Try to shower at night, or early in the morning (before 7am) and you can drastically reduce the hot water bill. Just remember, the hot water heats up after your shower.
Heating and cooling. This one is big too.
Tip 5: Heat your house before the peak hours in the morning and evening. This will mean that you wake up to a warm house, and all that luxurious warmth would have been half price! Many heaters have timers built in, if not you can buy these – see the gizmos section below.
Tip 6: Make sure that you use a thermostat. Many people heat their houses too much - a cosy, but expensive, habit!
Charge, charge, charge!
Tip 7: Charge stuff at night. If you have an EV then this will make a huge difference, but even laptops and phones can be charged at night and be ready for you each morning half price! Remember the more items you charge during the night (11pm-7am), the more you’ll save.
Gizmo 1: Use the timers built-in to your devices to delay things at night, and to schedule things in off-peak hours
Gizmo 2: If your devices don’t have timers, you can buy these. One option is smart plugs (such as Kasa). These are cheap and effective and allow you to control and schedule your devices from an app. This is perfect for a heater that has a thermostat in it but no timer, or if you just like apps.
Gizmo 3: If your heater has no thermostat, consider a Heater mate. These have timers and an accurate thermostat built in for any heater type and can turn themselves off on a timer or by an ideal temperature you set.
If you do all of this stuff, you can soon be saving a bundle on the MoveMaster plan. And by reducing load in the peak hours, you could not only be saving yourself money, but you could also be reducing your impact on the environment. Go you!