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


Aussie pensioner’s EXTREME measure to save cash during the cost of living crisis slashes HUNDREDS off his power bill – but does one of his amazing money-saving tricks actually work?

  • Newcastle pensioner Lofty, 74, is slashing hundreds off his quarterly power bills 
  • Every day he cuts off all the power to his home at the mains for hours at a time
  • Lofty had previously paid $678 for his electricity, but now he recently paid $152 
  • He freezes standard batteries for a week to recharge them and insists it works

A battling pensioner struggling to keep up with the rising cost of living is taking drastic action to slash his bills by cutting off ALL his power every day.

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

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

Aussie pensioner Lofty (pictured), 74, struggling to keep up with the rising costs of living has developed a clever approach to slash hundreds of dollars off his electricity bills

Aussie pensioner Lofty (pictured), 74, struggling to keep up with the rising costs of living has developed a clever approach to slash hundreds of dollars off his electricity bills

‘I put them in a plastic bag but only two at a time and put it in the freezer,’ the canny pensioner told A Current Affair.

‘It recharges them but you’ve got to leave them in there for seven days.’ 

He cuts off the power at the mains supply each day at 8am to keep a lid on spiralling energy bills.

But first he makes sure to boil a kettle and puts the hot water in a thermos vacuum flask to keep it warm long enough for him to get three cups of tea before lunch.

In a way to preserve the batteries, Lofty said,' I put them in a plastic bag but only two at a time and put it in the freezer' (pictured)

In a way to preserve 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 11.30am Lofty turns all the switches back on, but only for 25 minutes, and at 11.55am he switches the power off again. 

He then returns outside at 5pm to switch it back on for the night. 

‘All the power that comes into the (meter) box you don’t have to pay for, it’s only going from the box into the house that you have to pay for,’ Lofty said.

‘This is what I cut off when I turn all those switches off.’

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

Lofty said he had previously been paying $678, but following these slight adjustments, his recent bill was only $152.72 (pictured)

Lofty said he had previously been paying $678, but following these slight adjustments, his recent bill was only $152.72 (pictured)

Lofty said he had previously been paying $678 a quarter, but following these slight adjustments, his recent bill was only $152.72. 

This has now left Lofty, ‘in credit of $522’ and he’s vowed to keep it up forever now.

Lofty said he is doing it tough given the current climate surrounding the cost of living.

‘You’ve only got to go shopping and most of the shelves are bare…I can only drive my car once a fortnight because the petrol is too dear,’ he said.

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

‘I think it’s a bit bizarre to be honest, going out to the meter box every day and turning everything off,’ he said.

‘I’d be worried about the fridge going off everyday and things not staying cool.’

Mr Murker urged everyone to always be cautious when dealing with electricity.

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

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