Personally, I find there’s nothing worse than being cold. Originating 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 through the cold weather and there’s a couple of reasons for this. Not only are we using heating products to keep us warm and cozy, but the nights are longer so naturally we use more lighting during winter.
With the prices of electricity already soaring in Australia, this winter is the ideal time to make your home more energy efficient. Not only will you save a great deal of money, but you’ll also reduce your carbon footprint as well. Recent studies reveal that during the winter 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 lots of warm clothing and blankets is substantially cheaper than using 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 quicker than you expect!
Electric heaters are certainly the leading contributor to your electricity bill during winter. Alternatively, contemplate using a gas heater or a fireplace which have the advantage 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 set up at home make a considerable difference to your electricity bill, so consider changing any halogen lights for LEDs or CFLs which will save you hundreds of dollars throughout the year.
An effective insulation system in your household will not only keep you warmer in winter, but cooler in summer as well. Depending on your home’s construction, you may have the opportunity to insulate your floors, roof, and walls. Although home insulation does involve upfront costs, the savings in electricity over the next 15 years will surely offset it.
One place where heat escapes rapidly from your residence are through your windows. The best strategy is to get double glazing on your windows, but this can be relatively costly so look at using solid drapes which will preserve most of the heat. When the warmer months gradually arrive, just substitute your thick drapes for curtains which are more appropriate.
One of the most economical 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. Think about 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. Equally, don’t drain the hot water in your bath immediately. Shutting doors to cold rooms when you’re not using them and switching off heating devices when you leave your home or go to bed are all practical ways to decrease your electricity bill.
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