Personally, I find there’s nothing more discomforting than being cold. Originating from Queensland, I’m used to the humid sun 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 systems to keep us warm and toasty, 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 perfect time to make your household more energy efficient. Not only will you save loads of money, but you’ll also cut down on your carbon footprint at the same time. Recent studies indicate that during winter, 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 lots of warm clothing and blankets is much cheaper than using 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 quicker than you imagine!
Electric heaters are undoubtedly the main contributor to your electricity bill over winter. Alternatively, look into 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 much more often in winter without you even realising it. The lightbulbs you have installed in your residence make a considerable difference to your electricity bill, so look into changing any halogen lights for LEDs or CFLs which will save you hundreds of dollars throughout the year.
A functional insulation system in your home will not only keep you warmer in winter, but cooler in summer also. Depending on your home’s construction, you may have the ability to insulate your floors, roof, and walls. Even though home insulation does entail upfront costs, the savings in electricity over the next 10 years will unquestionably 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 rather expensive so think about using solid drapes which will preserve most of the heat. When the warmer months inevitably arrive, just substitute your solid drapes for curtains which are more appropriate for warmer weather.
One of the most economical ways to reduce your electricity bill is to eradicate any drafts in your house. Any gaps 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. Along with that, don’t drain the hot water in your bath immediately. Shutting doors to cold rooms when you’re not using them and switching off heating products when you leave the house or go to bed are all efficient ways to reduce your electricity bill.
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