Personally, I find there’s nothing worse than being cold. Originating from Queensland, I’m used to the stiffling 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 units to keep us warm and cozy, 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 perfect time to make your residence 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 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. Wearing lots of warm clothing and blankets is significantly cheaper than utilising electric heating. Even when 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 leading contributor to your electricity bill over winter. Instead, 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 realising it. The lightbulbs you have set up in your home 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.
A reliable insulation system in your residence will not only keep you warmer in winter, but cooler in summer as well. Based on your home’s building materials, you may have the capacity to insulate your roof, floors, and walls. While home insulation does include upfront costs, the savings in electricity over the next 15 years will most definitely offset it.
One location where heat escapes quickly from your residence are through your windows. The best method is to get double glazing on your windows, but this can be fairly expensive so think about using thick drapes which will retain most of the heat. When the warmer months eventually arrive, just switch your thick drapes for curtains which are more suitable.
Get rid of drafts
One of the most economical ways to reduce your electricity bill is to get rid of any drafts in your household. Any gaps in your doors and windows 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 few minutes when you’re done to heat up your kitchen and lounge. Moreover, don’t drain the hot water in your bath immediately. Shutting doors to cold rooms when you’re not using them and shutting off heating units when you leave your house or go to bed are all sensible ways to lower your electricity bill.
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