Personally, I find there’s nothing worse than being cold. Coming from Queensland, I’m used to the heat 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 soars through the cold weather and there’s a number of reasons why. Not only are we using heating appliances 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 ideal time to make your home more energy efficient. Not only will you save a great deal of money, but you’ll also decrease your carbon footprint as well. Recent studies illustrate that during the cold season, 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 significantly cheaper than utilising electric heating. Even when you have central heating, set 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 expect!
Electric heaters are certainly the main contributor to your electricity bill over winter. Alternatively, look into 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 often in winter without you even knowing it. The lightbulbs you have set up in your house make a huge difference to your electricity bill, so contemplate switching any halogen lights for LEDs or CFLs which will save you hundreds of dollars during the course of the year.
A reliable insulation system in your household will not only keep you warmer in winter, but cooler in summer too. Depending upon your home’s construction, you may be able to insulate your roof, floors, and walls. Even though home insulation does consist of upfront costs, the savings in electricity over the next 10 years will undeniably offset it.
One location where heat escapes quickly from your residence are through your windows. The best technique is to get double glazing on your windows, but this can be somewhat expensive so consider using solid drapes which will preserve most of the heat. When the warmer months inevitably arrive, just substitute your solid drapes for curtains which are more appropriate.
One of the most practical ways to cut down on your electricity bill is to eradicate any drafts in your house. Any spaces in your doors and windows will make it possible for warm air to escape and cool air to get in. 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 finished to heat up your kitchen and lounge. Likewise, don’t drain the hot water in your bath straight away. Closing doors to cold rooms when you’re not using them and switching off heating products when you leave your home or go to bed are all useful ways to lower your electricity bill.
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