Personally, I find there’s nothing worse than being cold. Coming 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 soars during the winter months 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 generally 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 a great deal of money, but you’ll also decrease your carbon footprint too. Recent studies reveal that during the colder 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 lots of warm clothing and blankets is far cheaper than utilising electric heating. Even if you have central heating, set 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 think!
Electric heaters are undoubtedly the largest contributor to your electricity bill over winter. Alternatively, think about using a gas heater or a fireplace which have the advantage of warming rooms quicker than electric heaters but use far less electricity.
With longer and darker nights, lighting is used much more often in winter without you even acknowledging it. The lightbulbs you have installed in your household make a substantial difference to your electricity bill, so look at switching any halogen lights for LEDs or CFLs which will save you hundreds of dollars throughout the year.
A functional insulation system in your household will not only keep you warmer in winter, but cooler in summer also. Based on your home’s building materials, you may have the opportunity to insulate your roof, floors, and walls. Even though home insulation does consist of upfront costs, the savings in electricity over the next five years will undeniably offset it.
One location where heat escapes rapidly from your home are through your windows. The best method is to get double glazing on your windows, but this can be somewhat costly so contemplate using thick drapes which will preserve most of the heat. When the warmer months inevitably arrive, just replace your thick drapes for curtains which are more suitable.
One of the most practical ways to reduce your electricity bill is to eradicate any drafts in your house. Any gaps in your windows and doors will make it possible for 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 straight away. Shutting doors to cold rooms when you’re not using them and shutting off heating products when you leave your home or go to sleep are all practical ways to cut down on your electricity bill.
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