Personally, I find there’s nothing more discomforting than being cold. Hailing from Queensland, I’m used to the hot weather and it doesn’t worry 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 for this. Not only are we using heating systems to keep us warm and toasty, 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 perfect time to make your home more energy efficient. Not only will you save plenty of money, but you’ll also minimise your carbon footprint as well. Recent studies indicate that during the winter 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 plenty of warm clothing and blankets is significantly cheaper than utilising electric heating. Even if you have central heating, adjust the temperature to a degree which is ‘just’ comfortable and use clothing and blankets to fill the gap. You’ll acclimatise much quicker than you imagine!
Electric heaters are unquestionably the greatest contributor to your electricity bill throughout winter. As a substitute, 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 much more often in winter without you even realising it. The lightbulbs you have mounted 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 throughout the year.
An efficient insulation system in your residence will not only keep you warmer in winter, but cooler in summer as well. Depending upon your home’s construction, you may have the opportunity to insulate your walls, floors, and roof. Although home insulation does consist of upfront costs, the savings in electricity over the next 20 years will most certainly offset it.
One place where heat escapes rapidly from your house are through your windows. The best solution is to get double glazing on your windows, but this can be somewhat costly so contemplate using solid drapes which will retain most of the heat. When the warmer months eventually arrive, just change your thick drapes for curtains which are better suited.
One of the most affordable ways to lower your electricity bill is to get rid of any drafts in your home. 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 bit of 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 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 units when you leave the house or go to sleep are all logical ways to decrease your electricity bill.
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