Personally, I find there’s nothing more discomforting than being cold. Originating from Queensland, I’m used to the humid sun 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 season and there’s a few reasons for this. Not only are we using heating devices to keep us warm and comfortable, but the nights are longer so generally we use more lighting during winter.
With the prices of electricity currently soaring in Australia, this winter is the ideal time to make your house more energy efficient. Not only will you save heaps of money, but you’ll also decrease your carbon footprint as well. Recent studies reveal that during the colder 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. Wearing lots of warm clothing and blankets is far cheaper than utilising electric heating. Even when you have central heating, change 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 think!
Electric heaters are most certainly the largest contributor to your electricity bill during winter. Instead, look at 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 frequently in winter without you even acknowledging it. The lightbulbs you have mounted in your household make a considerable difference to your electricity bill, so contemplate changing any halogen lights for LEDs or CFLs which will save you hundreds of dollars during the year.
A dependable insulation system in your house will not only keep you warmer in winter, but cooler in summer as well. Depending upon your home’s construction, you may have the ability to insulate your floors, walls, and roof. While home insulation does involve upfront costs, the savings in electricity over the next five years will unquestionably make up for it.
One area where heat escapes rapidly from your house are through your windows. The best strategy is to get double glazing on your windows, but this can be quite costly so contemplate using solid drapes which will preserve most of the heat. When the warmer months eventually arrive, just switch your solid drapes for curtains which are more appropriate.
Get rid of drafts
One of the most affordable ways to decrease your electricity bill is to get rid of any drafts in your home. Any spaces in your windows and doors will enable 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 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 heat up your kitchen and lounge. Moreover, 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 appliances when you leave your home or go to bed are all easy ways to minimise your electricity bill.
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