Personally, I find there’s nothing more discomforting than being cold. Coming from Queensland, I’m used to the heat and it doesn’t worry 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 couple of reasons why. Not only are we using heating products to keep us warm and toasty, 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 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 at the same time. Recent studies indicate 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 plenty of warm clothing and blankets is dramatically cheaper than utilising electric heating. Even if 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 faster than you suspect!
Electric heaters are undeniably the most significant contributor to your electricity bill over winter. Alternatively, consider using a gas heater or a fireplace which have the advantage 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 considerable difference to your electricity bill, so look at switching any halogen lights for LEDs or CFLs which will save you hundreds of dollars throughout the year.
A reliable insulation system in your household will not only keep you warmer in winter, but cooler in summer too. Based on your home’s construction, you may have the capacity to insulate your roof, walls, and floors. Whilst home insulation does include upfront costs, the savings in electricity over the next five years will most certainly offset it.
One spot where heat escapes quickly from your residence are through your windows. The best technique is to get double glazing on your windows, but this can be relatively costly so consider using solid drapes which will retain most of the heat. When the warmer months eventually arrive, just replace 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 eliminate any drafts in your household. Any gaps in your doors and windows will enable 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. At the same time, 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 units when you leave the house or go to sleep are all sensible ways to minimise your electricity bill.
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