Personally, I find there’s nothing more discomforting than being cold. Hailing from Queensland, I’m used to the stiffling heat and it doesn’t bother me 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 why. Not only are we using heating devices to keep us warm and comfortable, 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 residence more energy efficient. Not only will you save lots of money, but you’ll also minimise your carbon footprint too. Recent studies reveal that during winter, 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 much cheaper than utilising electric heating. Even when you have central heating, change the temperature to a level which is ‘just’ comfortable and use clothing and blankets to fill the gap. You’ll acclimatise much faster than you suspect!
Electric heaters are unquestionably the leading contributor to your electricity bill during winter. As an alternative, look at using a gas heater or a fireplace which have the benefit of warming rooms quicker than electric heaters but use far less electricity.
With longer and darker nights, lighting is used far more often in winter without you even realising it. The lightbulbs you have installed in your residence 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 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 as well. Depending upon your home’s building materials, you may have the capacity to insulate your roof, walls, and floors. Whilst home insulation does include upfront costs, the savings in electricity over the next 20 years will undoubtedly make up for it.
One location where heat escapes quickly from your house are through your windows. The best strategy is to get double glazing on your windows, but this can be rather expensive so consider using solid drapes which will preserve most of the heat. When the warmer months gradually arrive, just substitute your solid drapes for curtains which are more suitable for warmer weather.
Get rid of drafts
One of the most economical ways to reduce your electricity bill is to eliminate any drafts in your household. Any spaces in your windows and doors will enable warm air to escape and cool air to get in. Look into 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 done to heat up your kitchen and lounge. Moreover, don’t drain the hot water in your bath immediately. Closing doors to cold rooms when you’re not using them and switching off heating appliances when you leave your home or go to bed are all easy ways to lower your electricity bill.
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