Personally, I find there’s nothing more discomforting than being cold. Coming from Queensland, I’m used to the stiffling 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 skyrockets during the winter season and there’s a number of reasons for this. Not only are we using heating systems to keep us warm and comfortable, 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 perfect time to make your residence more energy efficient. Not only will you save a great deal of money, but you’ll also lower your carbon footprint as well. Recent studies illustrate 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. Putting on lots of warm clothing and blankets is drastically cheaper than using 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 without a doubt the largest contributor to your electricity bill during winter. As a substitute, look into 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 often in winter without you even knowing it. The lightbulbs you have set up in your home make a significant difference to your electricity bill, so contemplate changing 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 home will not only keep you warmer in winter, but cooler in summer too. Depending upon your home’s construction, you may have the ability to insulate your floors, roof, and walls. Even though home insulation does consist of upfront costs, the savings in electricity over the next five years will surely make up for it.
One spot 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 look into using thick drapes which will retain most of the heat. When the warmer months eventually arrive, just switch your thick drapes for curtains which are more suitable for warmer weather.
One of the most economical ways to minimise your electricity bill is to eliminate any drafts in your home. Any spaces in your doors and windows will enable warm air to escape and cool air to get in. Look into 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 done to warm up your kitchen and lounge. Equally, don’t drain the hot water in your bath straight away. Shutting doors to cold rooms when you’re not using them and turning off heating appliances when you leave your home or go to bed are all easy ways to reduce your electricity bill.
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