Personally, I find there’s nothing more discomforting than being cold. Originating from Queensland, I’m used to the stiffling heat and it doesn’t bother me much, but the cold hits me like a tonne of bricks! Like many of you, my electricity bill skyrockets during the winter season and there’s a few reasons why. Not only are we using heating products to keep us warm and comfortable, but the nights are longer so generally we use more lighting during winter.
With the cost of electricity currently soaring in Australia, this winter is the ideal time to make your household more energy efficient. Not only will you save heaps of money, but you’ll also lower your carbon footprint too. Recent studies indicate that during the cold season, 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 drastically 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 largest contributor to your electricity bill during winter. As an alternative, look into using a gas heater or a fireplace which have the benefit 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 knowing it. The lightbulbs you have installed in your residence make a significant difference to your electricity bill, so look at changing any halogen lights for LEDs or CFLs which will save you hundreds of dollars throughout the year.
A functional 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 involve upfront costs, the savings in electricity over the next 5 years will undeniably make up for it.
One location where heat escapes quickly from your residence are through your windows. The best solution is to get double glazing on your windows, but this can be rather costly so think about using solid drapes which will retain most of the heat. When the warmer months inevitably arrive, just replace your thick drapes for curtains which are more suitable for warmer weather.
Get rid of drafts
One of the most cost-effective ways to reduce your electricity bill is to eradicate any drafts in your house. Any gaps in your windows and doors will make it possible for 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 couple of minutes when you’re done to heat up your kitchen and lounge. At the same time, 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 devices when you leave your house or go to sleep are all useful ways to cut down on your electricity bill.
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