Personally, I find there’s nothing more discomforting than being cold. Originating from Queensland, I’m used to the stiffling heat and it doesn’t trouble 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 number of reasons why. Not only are we using heating devices 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 heaps of money, but you’ll also reduce your carbon footprint at the same time. Recent studies reveal 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. Wearing loads of warm clothing and blankets is notably 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 expect!
Electric heaters are unquestionably the greatest contributor to your electricity bill during winter. As an alternative, consider using a gas heater or a fireplace which have the benefit of warming rooms quicker 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 at home make a considerable difference to your electricity bill, so contemplate switching any halogen lights for LEDs or CFLs which will save you hundreds of dollars during the year.
A dependable insulation system in your household will not only keep you warmer in winter, but cooler in summer too. Depending upon your home’s construction, you may be able to insulate your roof, floors, and walls. Whilst home insulation does consist of upfront costs, the savings in electricity over the next five years will undoubtedly offset it.
One location where heat escapes rapidly from your home are through your windows. The best strategy is to get double glazing on your windows, but this can be somewhat expensive so contemplate using thick drapes which will retain most of the heat. When the warmer months gradually arrive, just replace your solid drapes for curtains which are more appropriate.
One of the most cost-effective ways to reduce your electricity bill is to eliminate any drafts in your residence. Any spaces in your doors and windows will allow warm air to escape and cool air to enter. Think about 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 done to warm 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 devices when you leave the house or go to sleep are all simple ways to lower your electricity bill.
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