Personally, I find there’s nothing worse than being cold. Coming from Queensland, I’m used to the stiffling sun and it doesn’t worry me too much, but the cold hits me like a tonne of bricks! Like many of you, my electricity bill skyrockets through the winter season and there’s a couple of reasons why. Not only are we using heating systems to keep us warm and toasty, but the nights are longer so generally we use more lighting during winter.
With the cost of electricity currently soaring in Australia, this winter is the ideal time to make your household more energy efficient. Not only will you save plenty of money, but you’ll also minimise your carbon footprint too. Recent studies illustrate that during the cold season, electricity is the third highest expense behind rent and food, so to help you stay warm and save money, here’s how you can make your home more energy efficient this winter.
One of the best ways to save money this winter is to dress for the occasion. Wearing plenty of warm clothing and blankets is far cheaper than utilising electric heating. Even when you have central heating, set the temperature to a level which is ‘just’ comfortable and use clothing and blankets to fill the gap. You’ll acclimatise much faster than you suspect!
Electric heaters are most certainly the largest contributor to your electricity bill throughout winter. As a substitute, contemplate using a gas heater or a fireplace which have the benefit of warming rooms faster than electric heaters but use far less electricity.
With longer and darker nights, lighting is used much more frequently in winter without you even realising it. The lightbulbs you have mounted at home make a huge difference to your electricity bill, so think about changing any halogen lights for LEDs or CFLs which will save you hundreds of dollars during the year.
A reliable insulation system in your residence will not only keep you warmer in winter, but cooler in summer too. Depending upon your home’s construction, you may have the capacity to insulate your walls, floors, and roof. Although home insulation does involve upfront costs, the savings in electricity over the next 5 years will surely offset it.
One spot where heat escapes quickly from your home are through your windows. The best method is to get double glazing on your windows, but this can be pretty costly so consider using solid drapes which will preserve most of the heat. When the warmer months inevitably arrive, just substitute your solid drapes for curtains which are more suitable.
Get rid of drafts
One of the most affordable ways to reduce your electricity bill is to eradicate any drafts in your house. Any spaces in your windows and doors will allow warm air to escape and cool air to get in. Look into adding caulking to your window surrounds and draft excluders to the bottom of your doorways.
Use some common sense
A bit of common sense goes a long way in making your home more energy efficient too. When cooking, leave your oven open for a few minutes when you’re done to heat up your kitchen and lounge. Also, don’t drain the hot water in your bath immediately. Closing doors to cold rooms when you’re not using them and switching off heating products when you leave your home or go to sleep are all simple ways to lower your electricity bill.
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