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 bother me too 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 few reasons for this. Not only are we using heating devices to keep us warm and toasty, 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 home more energy efficient. Not only will you save loads of money, but you’ll also reduce your carbon footprint too. Recent studies reveal that during the cold season, 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 substantially cheaper than utilising electric heating. Even when you have central heating, change 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 think!
Electric heaters are unquestionably the greatest 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 often in winter without you even knowing it. The lightbulbs you have installed in your home make a huge difference to your electricity bill, so think about switching any halogen lights for LEDs or CFLs which will save you hundreds of dollars during the course of the year.
A dependable insulation system in your house will not only keep you warmer in winter, but cooler in summer as well. Depending on your home’s building materials, you may have the ability to insulate your roof, walls, and floors. While home insulation does include upfront costs, the savings in electricity over the next 15 years will unquestionably offset it.
One place where heat escapes rapidly from your house are through your windows. The best approach is to get double glazing on your windows, but this can be somewhat costly so look into using solid drapes which will preserve most of the heat. When the warmer months eventually arrive, just substitute your solid drapes for curtains which are more suitable for warmer weather.
One of the most economical ways to lower your electricity bill is to eliminate any drafts in your household. Any gaps in your windows and doors 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 bit of 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 finished to warm up your kitchen and lounge. Along with that, don’t drain the hot water in your bath straight away. Closing doors to cold rooms when you’re not using them and shutting off heating units when you leave your house or go to sleep are all simple ways to reduce your electricity bill.
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