Personally, I find there’s nothing worse than being cold. Hailing from Queensland, I’m used to the heat and it doesn’t worry 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 couple of reasons for this. Not only are we using heating products to keep us warm and comfortable, 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 perfect time to make your residence more energy efficient. Not only will you save plenty of money, but you’ll also reduce your carbon footprint at the same time. 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 loads of warm clothing and blankets is significantly cheaper than utilising electric heating. Even if you have central heating, adjust the temperature to a level which is ‘just’ comfortable and use clothing and blankets to fill the gap. You’ll acclimatise much quicker than you expect!
Electric heaters are unquestionably the main contributor to your electricity bill throughout winter. Alternatively, think about 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 far more frequently in winter without you even realising it. The lightbulbs you have installed 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 during the course of the year.
A functional insulation system in your residence will not only keep you warmer in winter, but cooler in summer also. Based on your home’s construction, you may have the ability to insulate your floors, roof, and walls. Even though home insulation does include upfront costs, the savings in electricity over the next 10 years will unquestionably make up for it.
One place where heat escapes quickly from your household are through your windows. The best solution is to get double glazing on your windows, but this can be somewhat expensive so look into using solid drapes which will retain most of the heat. When the warmer months eventually arrive, just switch your thick drapes for curtains which are more appropriate.
One of the most cost-effective ways to lower your electricity bill is to get rid of any drafts in your household. Any gaps in your doors and windows will make it possible for warm air to escape and cool air to enter. Look at 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 heat up your kitchen and lounge. Equally, don’t drain the hot water in your bath straight away. Closing doors to cold rooms when you’re not using them and shutting off heating appliances when you leave your house or go to bed are all simple ways to minimise your electricity bill.
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