Personally, I find there’s nothing worse 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 skyrockets during the winter season and there’s a few reasons for this. Not only are we using heating systems to keep us warm and toasty, but the nights are longer so naturally we use more lighting during winter.
With the prices of electricity already soaring in Australia, this winter is the perfect time to make your household more energy efficient. Not only will you save heaps of money, but you’ll also decrease your carbon footprint too. Recent studies illustrate 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 plenty of warm clothing and blankets is notably cheaper than using electric heating. Even when you have central heating, change 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 think!
Electric heaters are without a doubt the leading contributor to your electricity bill throughout winter. Alternatively, contemplate 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 often in winter without you even acknowledging it. The lightbulbs you have set up in your home make a considerable difference to your electricity bill, so consider changing any halogen lights for LEDs or CFLs which will save you hundreds of dollars during the course of the year.
A practical insulation system in your residence will not only keep you warmer in winter, but cooler in summer as well. Based on your home’s construction, you may have the opportunity to insulate your roof, floors, and walls. While home insulation does involve upfront costs, the savings in electricity over the next 20 years will undeniably make up for it.
One area where heat escapes rapidly from your household are through your windows. The best approach is to get double glazing on your windows, but this can be relatively expensive so look into using solid drapes which will preserve most of the heat. When the warmer months gradually arrive, just switch your solid drapes for curtains which are more suitable for warmer weather.
Get rid of drafts
One of the most cost-effective ways to cut down on your electricity bill is to get rid of any drafts in your residence. Any spaces in your doors and windows will enable warm air to escape and cool air to enter. 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 few minutes when you’re done to heat up your kitchen and lounge. Furthermore, 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 appliances when you leave the house or go to bed are all practical ways to lower your electricity bill.
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