Personally, I find there’s nothing worse than being cold. Hailing from Queensland, I’m used to the 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 skyrockets during the winter season and there’s a number of reasons for this. Not only are we using heating systems to keep us warm and toasty, but the nights are longer so naturally we use more lighting during winter.
With the cost of electricity already soaring in Australia, this winter is the perfect time to make your house more energy efficient. Not only will you save heaps of money, but you’ll also reduce your carbon footprint too. Recent studies indicate 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 plenty of warm clothing and blankets is much cheaper than utilising electric heating. Even if 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 undoubtedly the largest contributor to your electricity bill during winter. Instead, contemplate 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 much more frequently in winter without you even knowing it. The lightbulbs you have installed at home make a considerable 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 year.
A reliable insulation system in your house will not only keep you warmer in winter, but cooler in summer too. Depending upon your home’s building materials, you may have the opportunity to insulate your floors, roof, and walls. Whilst home insulation does consist of upfront costs, the savings in electricity over the next 10 years will most certainly offset it.
One location where heat escapes rapidly from your residence are through your windows. The best technique is to get double glazing on your windows, but this can be quite costly so look at using thick drapes which will retain most of the heat. When the warmer months eventually arrive, just replace your solid drapes for curtains which are more suitable for warmer weather.
One of the most affordable ways to cut down on your electricity bill is to eradicate any drafts in your household. Any gaps in your windows and doors will enable 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 little 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. Additionally, don’t drain the hot water in your bath immediately. Closing doors to cold rooms when you’re not using them and shutting off heating appliances when you leave the house or go to bed are all logical ways to lower your electricity bill.
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