Personally, I find there’s nothing worse than being cold. Coming from Queensland, I’m used to the heat and it doesn’t worry me too much, but the cold hits me like a tonne of bricks! Like many of you, my electricity bill soars through the winter season and there’s a number of reasons for this. Not only are we using heating appliances to keep us warm and comfortable, but the nights are longer so generally we use more lighting during winter.
With the prices of electricity currently soaring in Australia, this winter is the perfect time to make your residence more energy efficient. Not only will you save a great deal of money, but you’ll also decrease your carbon footprint too. 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 loads of warm clothing and blankets is significantly cheaper than using 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 suspect!
Electric heaters are unquestionably the biggest contributor to your electricity bill over winter. Alternatively, look at 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 residence make a sizable difference to your electricity bill, so contemplate switching any halogen lights for LEDs or CFLs which will save you hundreds of dollars throughout the year.
An efficient insulation system in your household will not only keep you warmer in winter, but cooler in summer as well. Depending upon your home’s building materials, you may have the opportunity to insulate your walls, roof, and floors. Whilst home insulation does involve upfront costs, the savings in electricity over the next 10 years will most definitely make up for it.
One area where heat escapes rapidly from your house are through your windows. The best technique is to get double glazing on your windows, but this can be fairly expensive so consider using thick drapes which will retain most of the heat. When the warmer months eventually arrive, just substitute your solid drapes for curtains which are more suitable.
One of the most economical ways to reduce your electricity bill is to eradicate any drafts in your house. Any gaps in your windows and doors will enable warm air to escape and cool air to get in. 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 finished to warm up your kitchen and lounge. Likewise, don’t drain the hot water in your bath straight away. Shutting doors to cold rooms when you’re not using them and switching off heating products when you leave your home or go to bed are all useful ways to lower your electricity bill.
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