Personally, I find there’s nothing worse than being cold. Originating from Queensland, I’m used to the hot weather and it doesn’t bother me much, but the cold hits me like a tonne of bricks! Like many of you, my electricity bill soars during the winter months and there’s a few reasons why. Not only are we using heating units 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 ideal time to make your residence more energy efficient. Not only will you save lots of money, but you’ll also decrease 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. Putting on plenty of warm clothing and blankets is dramatically cheaper than using electric heating. Even when 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 suspect!
Electric heaters are most certainly the main contributor to your electricity bill throughout winter. Instead, look at using a gas heater or a fireplace which have the advantage of warming rooms faster than electric heaters but use far less electricity.
With longer and darker nights, lighting is used much more frequently in winter without you even realising it. The lightbulbs you have installed in your residence make a sizable difference to your electricity bill, so contemplate switching any halogen lights for LEDs or CFLs which will save you hundreds of dollars throughout the year.
A functional insulation system in your house will not only keep you warmer in winter, but cooler in summer as well. Depending upon your home’s building materials, you may have the opportunity to insulate your walls, floors, and roof. Although home insulation does require upfront costs, the savings in electricity over the next five years will surely make up for it.
One location where heat escapes quickly from your residence are through your windows. The best solution is to get double glazing on your windows, but this can be somewhat expensive so consider using solid drapes which will retain most of the heat. When the warmer months inevitably arrive, just substitute your solid drapes for curtains which are more suitable.
One of the most practical ways to reduce your electricity bill is to eradicate any drafts in your household. Any gaps in your doors and windows will allow 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. Moreover, 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 units when you leave your house or go to bed are all easy ways to minimise your electricity bill.
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