Heating systems are essential necessities in every Australian home. Gas-powered heating systems are the most popular type of heating systems used in residential homes. In Western Australia, the average quarterly gas bill is tagged at $152. Gas prices and consumption are higher in New South Wales, South Australia, and Queensland that averages around $226, $237, and $204 respectively.
However, in some cases, gas bills can soar really high causing a dent in household finances. Gas bills can increase if you have faulty appliances or if the season is relatively cold causing you to consume more hot water than you used to. There are plenty of ways on how to access your gas consumption to understand the increase in charges in your gas bill. Consult with a gas fitter Sydney to have a better understanding of what’s causing your gas bill to pile up.
As soon as you identify the possible causes of the sudden gas bill hikes, you can now apply the appropriate measures to reduce your gas consumption and save on your gas bills in the future.
Record your daily gas consumption
If possible, you can record the number of hours or minutes that required you to use your hot water showers together with the day’s weather. From here, you can get an idea of the average number of minutes that your hot water showers are in use during different months, giving you better insight into how changes in the weather may affect your gas consumption. Attach your tracker on the bathroom door for easy access. Hot shower consumptions are also relatively high during colder months and during school days.
From here you can devise a plan on where to cut off minutes to be able to save on your next gas bill. You can ask the rest of the household to limit their hot showers to a specific minute to be able to decrease your gas consumption.
Check for faulty gas appliances
Gas appliances and gas heaters should be regularly checked and maintained to ensure that they are working in their top condition and leaks are not present. Regular maintenance checks also extend the lifespan of your gas-powered appliances.
Have your faulty appliances fixed or replaced to be able to save on excess gas consumption. A fully efficient and functional gas appliance or gas heater consumes less gas than a faulty one.
Check your gas meters
Your gas meters can also be a culprit for the sudden increase in your gas bill. You can ask a licensed gas fitter to see if your gas meter gauges are working properly. Discrepancies in your gas bill reading will be harder to assess unless your gas meter gauges and readers are working properly.
Reduce gas-powered appliances
If you happen to install additional gas-powered appliances in your households during a particular bill period, you may experience an unexpected spike in your gas bill. Ask your gas fitter for estimates or percentages in possible changes in gas consumption for every new appliance you add to your household.
If possible, remove old gas-powered appliances that are not working in their top condition. You can also decrease the number of gas-powered appliances you have at home. You might want to consider shifting to electricity-powered appliances if your gas bill is relatively high compared to your electricity bill.
You can take control of your gas bill by taking control of your heating requirements at home. Reduce in areas that can be reduced and opt for electrically powered appliances, especially the ones that are rarely used. Most of the time, the excess charges that you are getting in your gas bill is energy lost due to leaks and poorly functioning appliances at home.