Personally, I find there’s nothing worse than being cold. Hailing 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 months and there’s a number of reasons for this. Not only are we using heating units to keep us warm and cozy, but the nights are longer so naturally we use more lighting during winter.
With the prices of electricity currently soaring in Australia, this winter is the ideal time to make your home more energy efficient. Not only will you save plenty of money, but you’ll also lower your carbon footprint too. 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 plenty of warm clothing and blankets is dramatically 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 faster than you think!
Electric heaters are certainly the largest contributor to your electricity bill throughout winter. As a substitute, look at using a gas heater or a fireplace which have the advantage 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 knowing it. The lightbulbs you have mounted in your household make a dramatic difference to your electricity bill, so consider changing any halogen lights for LEDs or CFLs which will save you hundreds of dollars throughout 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 opportunity to insulate your walls, floors, and roof. While home insulation does consist of upfront costs, the savings in electricity over the next 20 years will undoubtedly offset it.
One location where heat escapes quickly from your home are through your windows. The best technique is to get double glazing on your windows, but this can be pretty costly so think about using solid drapes which will preserve most of the heat. When the warmer months inevitably arrive, just replace your solid drapes for curtains which are more appropriate for warmer weather.
One of the most affordable ways to minimise your electricity bill is to eliminate any drafts in your house. 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 few minutes when you’re finished to heat up your kitchen and lounge. Additionally, 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 products when you leave your home or go to sleep are all useful ways to lower your electricity bill.
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