Personally, I find there’s nothing worse than being cold. Hailing 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 season and there’s a couple of reasons for this. Not only are we using heating systems 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 perfect time to make your residence more energy efficient. Not only will you save lots of money, but you’ll also minimise your carbon footprint as well. 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 plenty of warm clothing and blankets is substantially cheaper than using electric heating. Even if you have central heating, adjust 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 imagine!
Electric heaters are without doubt the biggest contributor to your electricity bill throughout winter. Instead, look at 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 frequently in winter without you even knowing it. The lightbulbs you have installed in your household make a dramatic difference to your electricity bill, so look into changing any halogen lights for LEDs or CFLs which will save you hundreds of dollars during the course of the year.
An effective insulation system in your house will not only keep you warmer in winter, but cooler in summer also. Depending on your home’s construction, you may have the capacity to insulate your roof, floors, and walls. Whilst home insulation does require upfront costs, the savings in electricity over the next 15 years will unquestionably offset it.
One place where heat escapes quickly from your household are through your windows. The best strategy is to get double glazing on your windows, but this can be quite expensive so look into using solid drapes which will retain most of the heat. When the warmer months eventually arrive, just substitute your thick drapes for curtains which are more appropriate for warmer weather.
One of the most practical ways to cut down on your electricity bill is to get rid of any drafts in your home. Any gaps in your windows and doors will make it possible for 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 bit of 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 heat up your kitchen and lounge. Equally, don’t drain the hot water in your bath immediately. Shutting doors to cold rooms when you’re not using them and switching off heating devices when you leave the house or go to sleep are all simple ways to lower your electricity bill.
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