Personally, I find there’s nothing worse than being cold. Originating from Queensland, I’m used to the hot weather 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 skyrockets during the winter season and there’s a couple of reasons for this. Not only are we using heating units to keep us warm and cozy, 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 ideal time to make your residence more energy efficient. Not only will you save lots of money, but you’ll also cut down on 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 plenty of warm clothing and blankets is notably cheaper than utilising electric heating. Even when you have central heating, set 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 undeniably 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 much more often in winter without you even acknowledging it. The lightbulbs you have installed in your home make a significant difference to your electricity bill, so look into switching any halogen lights for LEDs or CFLs which will save you hundreds of dollars throughout the year.
An effective insulation system in your residence will not only keep you warmer in winter, but cooler in summer as well. Depending upon your home’s building materials, you may have the opportunity to insulate your walls, floors, and roof. Even though home insulation does consist of upfront costs, the savings in electricity over the next five years will most certainly offset it.
One place where heat escapes rapidly from your household are through your windows. The best method is to get double glazing on your windows, but this can be somewhat costly so contemplate using solid drapes which will preserve most of the heat. When the warmer months eventually arrive, just change your solid drapes for curtains which are more appropriate.
Get rid of drafts
One of the most practical ways to decrease your electricity bill is to eliminate 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 finished to warm 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 turning off heating devices when you leave your house or go to bed are all efficient ways to reduce your electricity bill.
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