Personally, I find there’s nothing worse than being cold. Originating from Queensland, I’m used to the heat and it doesn’t trouble me much, but the cold hits me like a tonne of bricks! Like many of you, my electricity bill soars through the cold weather and there’s a number of reasons for this. Not only are we using heating systems to keep us warm and cozy, but the nights are longer so generally we use more lighting during winter.
With the cost of electricity already soaring in Australia, this winter is the ideal time to make your home more energy efficient. Not only will you save plenty of money, but you’ll also reduce your carbon footprint too. Recent studies illustrate that during the colder 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 lots of warm clothing and blankets is drastically cheaper than using electric heating. Even if you have central heating, set the temperature to a degree which is ‘just’ comfortable and use clothing and blankets to fill the gap. You’ll acclimatise much faster than you imagine!
Electric heaters are without a doubt the leading contributor to your electricity bill throughout winter. As an alternative, look at 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 far more often in winter without you even acknowledging it. The lightbulbs you have mounted in your residence 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 course of the year.
An efficient insulation system in your home will not only keep you warmer in winter, but cooler in summer too. Depending on your home’s building materials, you may have the capacity to insulate your walls, floors, and roof. Although home insulation does require upfront costs, the savings in electricity over the next 20 years will surely offset it.
One area where heat escapes rapidly from your residence are through your windows. The best solution is to get double glazing on your windows, but this can be relatively expensive so think about using thick drapes which will retain most of the heat. When the warmer months inevitably arrive, just change your thick drapes for curtains which are better suited.
One of the most affordable ways to minimise your electricity bill is to get rid of any drafts in your house. Any spaces in your doors and windows will allow warm air to escape and cool air to get in. Consider 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. In addition, don’t drain the hot water in your bath immediately. Closing doors to cold rooms when you’re not using them and turning off heating products when you leave your house or go to sleep are all efficient ways to lower your electricity bill.
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