Personally, I find there’s nothing more discomforting than being cold. Coming from Queensland, I’m used to the stiffling 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 skyrockets through the cold weather and there’s a couple of reasons why. 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 prices of electricity currently soaring in Australia, this winter is the ideal time to make your residence more energy efficient. Not only will you save a great deal of money, but you’ll also reduce your carbon footprint at the same time. Recent studies reveal 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 loads of warm clothing and blankets is considerably 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 quicker than you expect!
Electric heaters are without doubt the greatest contributor to your electricity bill during winter. Instead, contemplate 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 frequently in winter without you even realising it. The lightbulbs you have installed in your residence make a sizable difference to your electricity bill, so consider switching any halogen lights for LEDs or CFLs which will save you hundreds of dollars throughout the year.
A dependable insulation system in your house will not only keep you warmer in winter, but cooler in summer too. Depending on your home’s construction, you may have the opportunity to insulate your roof, floors, and walls. While home insulation does include upfront costs, the savings in electricity over the next 20 years will surely offset it.
One spot where heat escapes quickly from your residence are through your windows. The best strategy is to get double glazing on your windows, but this can be quite costly so look into using thick drapes which will retain most of the heat. When the warmer months inevitably arrive, just substitute your solid drapes for curtains which are more suitable for warmer weather.
Get rid of drafts
One of the most economical ways to decrease your electricity bill is to get rid of any drafts in your household. Any spaces in your windows and doors 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 couple of minutes when you’re done to heat up your kitchen and lounge. Equally, don’t drain the hot water in your bath immediately. Closing doors to cold rooms when you’re not using them and shutting off heating devices when you leave the house or go to bed are all practical ways to cut down on your electricity bill.
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