Personally, I find there’s nothing worse than being cold. Coming from Queensland, I’m used to the humid sun and it doesn’t bother me too 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 products to keep us warm and comfortable, but the nights are longer so naturally we use more lighting during winter.
With the cost of electricity already soaring in Australia, this winter is the perfect time to make your home more energy efficient. Not only will you save a great deal of money, but you’ll also minimise your carbon footprint at the same time. 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. Wearing loads of warm clothing and blankets is much cheaper than utilising electric heating. Even when you have central heating, adjust 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 think!
Electric heaters are undeniably the leading contributor to your electricity bill during winter. As a substitute, look at 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 often in winter without you even realising it. The lightbulbs you have installed at home make a huge difference to your electricity bill, so consider switching any halogen lights for LEDs or CFLs which will save you hundreds of dollars during the course of the year.
A dependable insulation system in your residence will not only keep you warmer in winter, but cooler in summer also. Depending upon your home’s construction, you may have the capacity to insulate your walls, roof, and floors. Even though home insulation does include upfront costs, the savings in electricity over the next 5 years will undeniably offset it.
One place where heat escapes rapidly from your residence are through your windows. The best method is to get double glazing on your windows, but this can be relatively costly so consider using solid drapes which will preserve most of the heat. When the warmer months gradually arrive, just change your solid drapes for curtains which are more appropriate.
Get rid of drafts
One of the most affordable ways to minimise your electricity bill is to eradicate any drafts in your home. 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 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. Moreover, don’t drain the hot water in your bath immediately. Shutting doors to cold rooms when you’re not using them and turning off heating devices when you leave your home or go to bed are all easy ways to reduce your electricity bill.
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