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 trouble me too much, but the cold hits me like a tonne of bricks! Like many of you, my electricity bill skyrockets during the winter months and there’s a couple of reasons for this. Not only are we using heating devices to keep us warm and cozy, 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 ideal time to make your house more energy efficient. Not only will you save loads of money, but you’ll also cut down on your carbon footprint too. 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 loads of warm clothing and blankets is considerably cheaper than utilising electric heating. Even if you have central heating, set the temperature to a degree which is ‘just’ comfortable and use clothing and blankets to fill the gap. You’ll acclimatise much faster than you expect!
Electric heaters are without a doubt the biggest contributor to your electricity bill over winter. As an alternative, look at using a gas heater or a fireplace which have the benefit 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 acknowledging it. The lightbulbs you have mounted in your home make a considerable 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 reliable insulation system in your residence will not only keep you warmer in winter, but cooler in summer also. Based on your home’s construction, you may be able to insulate your walls, roof, and floors. While home insulation does consist of upfront costs, the savings in electricity over the next 15 years will most definitely offset it.
One spot where heat escapes rapidly from your household are through your windows. The best strategy is to get double glazing on your windows, but this can be relatively costly so contemplate using solid drapes which will preserve most of the heat. When the warmer months inevitably arrive, just change your thick drapes for curtains which are better suited.
One of the most affordable ways to decrease your electricity bill is to eliminate any drafts in your residence. Any spaces 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 couple of minutes when you’re done to warm up your kitchen and lounge. Moreover, don’t drain the hot water in your bath immediately. Closing doors to cold rooms when you’re not using them and switching off heating products when you leave your home or go to sleep are all useful ways to reduce your electricity bill.
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