My electric bill went up $350 out of nowhere: Here’s how I reduced it in a month
- Kirstie was shocked when her energy bill increased by $350 a month
- The Queensland mother decided to investigate the sudden increase
A mum has revealed an ‘amazing’ way she’s cut $350 off her family’s monthly electricity bill, and how effortlessly it was done.
Kirstie, from Queensland, was shocked when her electricity bill increased by several hundred dollars from one month to the next.
The family has been consistently receiving monthly bills in the $250-$300 range for the past eight years, in four different homes.
So when the $550 charge posted to her card, the mother was stunned and forced to find out why.
Only after discussing the sudden jump with their partner did they discover the culprit: it was their daughter’s longer showers, which caused the electrical hot water system to run overtime.
A mom has revealed an ‘amazing’ way she’s been able to save $300 on her monthly electricity bill, and the trick only took her seconds to pull off.
In response, Kirstie set a time limit on all showers to a maximum of 10 minutes, and her electric bill went back down to $198 the next time.
The mother shared her experience in a popular Facebook group and urged others to reduce their shower time to combat the rising cost of living.
‘I almost died when our last bill was just over $550. I called and it was not an estimate.
“My partner mentioned that my daughter had been showering longer, but honestly, I hadn’t noticed, what’s a few more minutes?”
The family then set a ‘timer’ to go off after 10 minutes of shower time, to discern how much it would reduce electricity use and therefore bills.
‘We just got our bill and it’s down over $300!’ revealed the mom.
Kirstie set a limit for all showers in the house to last no more than 10 minutes, and her electric bill was cut by $350
Many others expressed frustration that family members showered a lot on cold winter mornings.
‘My teenage son takes over 20 minutes in the shower!’ exclaimed a mom. ‘I’ve told you a billion times, just 10 minutes! I set timers, bang on the door. He drives me crazy to no end.
Another added: ‘I can wash my hair twice, put on a treatment, wash my body and shave in 10-15 minutes, and that’s a lot for me. I have no idea how to get the kids out faster.
One parent wrote: ‘We have a timer in the bathroom or my kids will stay in there for an hour or more if they’re allowed.’
But one mother shared something many hadn’t considered.
“I’m all for being water wise and very conscious of electricity costs, but I take very long showers when my mental health is in the gutter,” she shared.
“There could be a deeper reason so many of your children are doing this, please reach out to them.”