Personally, I find there’s nothing more discomforting than being cold. Originating from Queensland, I’m used to the hot weather 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 through the cold weather and there’s a few reasons for this. Not only are we using heating systems to keep us warm and cozy, 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 home more energy efficient. Not only will you save plenty of money, but you’ll also cut down on your carbon footprint at the same time. 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 lots of warm clothing and blankets is much cheaper than utilising electric heating. Even when you have central heating, change the temperature to a degree which is ‘just’ comfortable and use clothing and blankets to fill the gap. You’ll acclimatise much faster than you imagine!
Electric heaters are without a doubt the greatest contributor to your electricity bill throughout winter. Instead, contemplate 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 often in winter without you even acknowledging it. The lightbulbs you have set up in your household make a substantial difference to your electricity bill, so consider changing any halogen lights for LEDs or CFLs which will save you hundreds of dollars during 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 construction, you may have the capacity to insulate your floors, walls, and roof. Even though home insulation does involve upfront costs, the savings in electricity over the next five years will surely offset 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 rather costly so contemplate using solid drapes which will retain most of the heat. When the warmer months gradually arrive, just replace your thick drapes for curtains which are more appropriate for warmer weather.
One of the most cost-effective ways to decrease your electricity bill is to eradicate any drafts in your residence. Any spaces in your windows and doors will allow 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 warm up your kitchen and lounge. Equally, 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 products when you leave the house or go to bed are all sensible ways to decrease your electricity bill.
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