Personally, I find there’s nothing worse than being cold. Hailing from Queensland, I’m used to the stiffling sun 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 during the winter months and there’s a few reasons why. Not only are we using heating products to keep us warm and toasty, but the nights are longer so generally we use more lighting during winter.
With the prices of electricity already soaring in Australia, this winter is the ideal time to make your house 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 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. Wearing lots of warm clothing and blankets is drastically cheaper than utilising electric heating. Even if you have central heating, adjust 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 doubt the biggest contributor to your electricity bill throughout winter. As a substitute, consider 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 frequently in winter without you even knowing it. The lightbulbs you have set up in your home make a dramatic difference to your electricity bill, so think about switching any halogen lights for LEDs or CFLs which will save you hundreds of dollars throughout the year.
A reliable insulation system in your house 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 roof, walls, and floors. Even though home insulation does entail upfront costs, the savings in electricity over the next five years will certainly make up for it.
One place where heat escapes quickly from your home are through your windows. The best strategy is to get double glazing on your windows, but this can be quite costly so look at using thick drapes which will preserve most of the heat. When the warmer months inevitably arrive, just switch your thick drapes for curtains which are more appropriate.
Get rid of drafts
One of the most economical ways to minimise your electricity bill is to eradicate any drafts in your household. Any gaps in your windows and doors will allow warm air to escape and cool air to enter. 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 couple of minutes when you’re done to warm up your kitchen and lounge. Furthermore, 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 appliances when you leave your house or go to bed are all logical ways to reduce your electricity bill.
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