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Newcastle pensioner’s money-saving tips to cut electricity power bills

Aussie retiree’s EXTREME measure to save money during the cost of living crisis cuts HUNDREDS on his utility bill – but does one of his amazing money-saving tricks really work?

  • Newcastle retiree Lofty, 74, cuts hundreds of his quarterly utility bills
  • Every day he cuts off all power to his house via the mains for hours
  • Lofty had previously paid $678 for his electricity, but now he recently paid $152
  • He freezes standard batteries for a week to charge them and insists it works

A struggling retiree struggling to keep up with the rising cost of living takes drastic measures to lower his bills by cutting ALL his power every day.

Retired Lofty, 74, from Newcastle, NSW, keeps his electricity on only briefly each day – and every morning he goes outside to switch off his power at the meter.

But his biggest money-saving trick is charging standard $1.25 batteries for his portable radio by placing them in his freezer.

Aussie retiree Lofty (pictured), 74, who struggles to keep up with the rising cost of living, has developed a smart approach to cut hundreds of dollars on his electric bill

Aussie retiree Lofty (pictured), 74, who struggles to keep up with the rising cost of living, has developed a smart approach to cut hundreds of dollars on his electric bill

‘I put them in a plastic bag, but only two at a time, and put them in the freezer,’ said the smart pensioner. A current matter

“He charges them, but you have to leave them there for seven days.”

He cuts off the power every day at 8 a.m. to keep the sky-high utility bills in check.

But first, he makes sure to boil a kettle and puts the hot water in a thermos to keep it warm long enough so that he can have three cups of tea before lunch.

To save the batteries, Lofty said: 'I put them in a plastic bag, but only two at a time and put it in the freezer' (pictured)

To save the batteries, Lofty said: ‘I put them in a plastic bag, but only two at a time and put it in the freezer’ (pictured)

At 11:30 a.m. Lofty turns all the switches back on, but only for 25 minutes, and at 11:55 a.m. he turns the power off again.

Then he goes out again at 5:00 pm to turn it back on for the night.

‘You don’t have to pay for all the electricity that goes into the (meter) box, it just goes from the box to the house you have to pay for,’ said Lofty.

“I’ll cut this off if I turn off all those switches.”

In the three months since Lofty started this electricity-saving measure, he says his savings have been amazing.

Lofty said he previously paid $678, but after these minor adjustments, his recent bill was just $152.72 (pictured)

Lofty said he previously paid $678, but after these minor adjustments, his recent bill was just $152.72 (pictured)

Lofty said he previously paid $678 per quarter, but after these minor adjustments, his recent bill was just $152.72.

Lofty has now left this, “with a $522 credit” and he has vowed to keep it that way forever.

Lofty said he is struggling given the current climate around the cost of living.

“All you have to do is go shopping and most of the shelves are empty… I can only drive my car once every two weeks because the gas is too expensive,” he said.

Electrician Alex Murker warned there could be unintended consequences of Lofty’s extreme measures to keep its costs down.

“Honestly, I think it’s a bit bizarre going to the meter box every day and turning everything off,” he said.

“I’d worry about the fridge going off every day and things not staying cool.”

Mr. Murker urged everyone to always be careful with electricity.

He added: ‘Turning on or off a circuit breaker or a safety switch is safe, but it can be a bit confusing because there’s quite a bit going on in the meter box.’

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