Personally, I find there’s nothing worse than being cold. Coming from Queensland, I’m used to the stiffling heat 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 during the cold weather and there’s a number of reasons why. Not only are we using heating systems to keep us warm and toasty, but the nights are longer so naturally we use more lighting during winter.
With the prices of electricity already soaring in Australia, this winter is the ideal time to make your household more energy efficient. Not only will you save a great deal of money, but you’ll also minimise your carbon footprint as well. Recent studies illustrate that during the winter months, 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. Putting on loads of warm clothing and blankets is notably cheaper than using 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 quicker than you suspect!
Electric heaters are without a doubt the largest contributor to your electricity bill during winter. Instead, look into using a gas heater or a fireplace which have the benefit of warming rooms quicker than electric heaters but use far less electricity.
With longer and darker nights, lighting is used far more often in winter without you even acknowledging it. The lightbulbs you have mounted at home make a dramatic difference to your electricity bill, so look into changing any halogen lights for LEDs or CFLs which will save you hundreds of dollars during the course of the year.
A functional insulation system in your residence will not only keep you warmer in winter, but cooler in summer also. Depending on your home’s construction, you may be able to insulate your floors, walls, and roof. While home insulation does entail upfront costs, the savings in electricity over the next 20 years will most definitely offset it.
One location where heat escapes rapidly from your home are through your windows. The best approach is to get double glazing on your windows, but this can be somewhat expensive so think about using solid drapes which will preserve most of the heat. When the warmer months eventually arrive, just change your solid drapes for curtains which are more appropriate for warmer weather.
One of the most cost-effective ways to minimise 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. Think about 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 couple of minutes when you’re finished to warm up your kitchen and lounge. In addition, don’t drain the hot water in your bath straight away. Closing doors to cold rooms when you’re not using them and turning off heating products when you leave your house or go to bed are all easy ways to decrease your electricity bill.
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