Personally, I find there’s nothing worse than being cold. Coming from Queensland, I’m used to the hot weather 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 through the cold weather and there’s a couple of reasons why. Not only are we using heating products to keep us warm and cozy, but the nights are longer so generally we use more lighting during winter.
With the cost of electricity already soaring in Australia, this winter is the perfect time to make your home more energy efficient. Not only will you save a great deal of money, but you’ll also lower your carbon footprint too. Recent studies illustrate 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 loads of warm clothing and blankets is notably cheaper than using electric heating. Even if you have central heating, change 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 expect!
Electric heaters are undoubtedly the leading contributor to your electricity bill throughout winter. Instead, think about 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 mounted in your residence make a significant difference to your electricity bill, so think about changing any halogen lights for LEDs or CFLs which will save you hundreds of dollars throughout the year.
An effective insulation system in your house will not only keep you warmer in winter, but cooler in summer also. Based on your home’s construction, you may have the opportunity to insulate your floors, roof, and walls. While home insulation does involve upfront costs, the savings in electricity over the next 20 years will most certainly make up for it.
One spot where heat escapes quickly from your home are through your windows. The best approach is to get double glazing on your windows, but this can be pretty costly so think about using thick drapes which will preserve most of the heat. When the warmer months eventually arrive, just substitute your thick drapes for curtains which are better suited.
One of the most practical ways to lower your electricity bill is to get rid of any drafts in your residence. Any spaces in your doors and windows will make it possible for warm air to escape and cool air to get in. Think about 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. Along with that, don’t drain the hot water in your bath straight away. Shutting doors to cold rooms when you’re not using them and switching off heating appliances when you leave your house or go to sleep are all practical ways to cut down on your electricity bill.
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