Personally, I find there’s nothing worse than being cold. Hailing from Queensland, I’m used to the humid sun and it doesn’t bother 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 devices to keep us warm and comfortable, 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 household more energy efficient. Not only will you save heaps of money, but you’ll also decrease your carbon footprint too. Recent studies illustrate 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. Wearing lots of warm clothing and blankets is considerably cheaper than utilising 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 quicker than you think!
Electric heaters are undeniably the largest contributor to your electricity bill over winter. As a substitute, contemplate using a gas heater or a fireplace which have the benefit of warming rooms faster than electric heaters but use far less electricity.
With longer and darker nights, lighting is used much more frequently in winter without you even acknowledging it. The lightbulbs you have mounted in your household make a considerable difference to your electricity bill, so contemplate 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 home will not only keep you warmer in winter, but cooler in summer as well. Based on your home’s construction, you may be able to insulate your roof, floors, and walls. While home insulation does require upfront costs, the savings in electricity over the next 5 years will certainly offset it.
One area where heat escapes quickly from your residence are through your windows. The best strategy is to get double glazing on your windows, but this can be fairly expensive so look at using solid drapes which will preserve most of the heat. When the warmer months gradually arrive, just change your solid drapes for curtains which are more suitable for warmer weather.
One of the most affordable ways to minimise your electricity bill is to eliminate any drafts in your house. Any spaces in your windows and doors will allow warm air to escape and cool air to enter. Consider 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 finished to warm up your kitchen and lounge. Also, don’t drain the hot water in your bath immediately. Closing doors to cold rooms when you’re not using them and turning off heating units when you leave your home or go to sleep are all sensible ways to reduce your electricity bill.
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