30 simple ways to beat the carbon tax

POSTED June 26, 2012

The price on carbon begins on Sunday. While only the top carbon-emitting companies and organisations are affected by the $23 price tag on each tonne of carbon emitted, the cost will filter down to all of us through our electricity bills. At the same time electricity prices are set to increase due to increased infrastructure costs. Householders around Australia are bracing themselves for a double hit to the hip pocket. Treasury estimates for the average Australian household electricity will rise by $3.30 per week, gas by $1.50, and food by 80 cents under the carbon price. A summary of Treasury modelling for household expenditure is here (pdf) To help those least able to cope with the energy price increases from the carbon tax, the government will provide a compensation and assistance package. This means clever Australians who find a way to cut their energy bills can pocket the compensation. Here's our list of 30 easy ways to cut your energy bills and keep your compo cash for more enjoyable activities.

1. Turn off the beer fridge during the week or between parties. 2. Dry clothes on an airing rack or on the clothes line, rather than using a tumble dryer. 3. Clean the lint filter in washing machines, dryers, and heating and cooling equipment.

4. Use a rake instead of an electric leaf blower, or a broom instead of a vacuum on sealed floors. 5. Keep your fridge operating efficiently by keeping the door seals clean (replace them if they've deteriorated) and defrost the freezer if necessary.

 6. Buy efficient whitegoods when the time comes to replace them. The Energy Rating website has a useful search tool that estimates running costs. For example, one 4-star family fridge costs $72 per year to run, paying 25 cents per kilowatt-hour for electricity, while a similar sized 1.5-star machine costs $135 per year to run. 7. If you have them, limit the use of heated towel rails to a couple of hours per day, instead of the full 24. To read more, go to: http://www.abc.net.au/environment/articles/2012/06/26/3532627.htm Tanya Ha (26/6/12, abc.net.au)