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 for this. Not only are we using heating appliances to keep us warm and comfortable, but the nights are longer so naturally we use more lighting during winter.
With the cost of electricity currently soaring in Australia, this winter is the perfect time to make your residence more energy efficient. Not only will you save heaps of money, but you’ll also cut down on your carbon footprint as well. Recent studies reveal 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. Wearing lots of warm clothing and blankets is much cheaper than utilising electric heating. Even if you have central heating, change 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 certainly the largest contributor to your electricity bill over winter. As an alternative, look into using a gas heater or a fireplace which have the advantage of warming rooms quicker than electric heaters but use far less electricity.
With longer and darker nights, lighting is used far more frequently in winter without you even realising it. The lightbulbs you have mounted in your home make a considerable 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.
A functional insulation system in your house will not only keep you warmer in winter, but cooler in summer also. Based on your home’s building materials, you may have the capacity to insulate your roof, floors, and walls. Even though home insulation does entail upfront costs, the savings in electricity over the next five years will undoubtedly offset it.
One location where heat escapes quickly from your household are through your windows. The best technique is to get double glazing on your windows, but this can be relatively costly so contemplate using thick drapes which will retain most of the heat. When the warmer months gradually arrive, just change your thick drapes for curtains which are more appropriate for warmer weather.
Get rid of drafts
One of the most affordable ways to reduce your electricity bill is to eradicate any drafts in your household. Any spaces in your doors and windows will allow warm air to escape and cool air to get in. Look at adding caulking to your window surrounds and draft excluders to the bottom of your doorways.
Use some common sense
A little 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 warm up your kitchen and lounge. Likewise, don’t drain the hot water in your bath straight away. Shutting doors to cold rooms when you’re not using them and switching off heating products when you leave your house or go to sleep are all useful ways to decrease your electricity bill.
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