Personally, I find there’s nothing worse than being cold. Originating from Queensland, I’m used to the 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 skyrockets during the winter season and there’s a few reasons for this. Not only are we using heating appliances 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 house more energy efficient. Not only will you save heaps of money, but you’ll also reduce your carbon footprint as well. Recent studies illustrate that during the cold season, 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 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 suspect!
Electric heaters are without doubt the biggest contributor to your electricity bill over winter. Alternatively, 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 frequently in winter without you even acknowledging it. The lightbulbs you have mounted in your residence make a dramatic difference to your electricity bill, so look at switching any halogen lights for LEDs or CFLs which will save you hundreds of dollars during the year.
An efficient insulation system in your house will not only keep you warmer in winter, but cooler in summer as well. Depending on your home’s building materials, you may have the opportunity to insulate your roof, floors, and walls. Even though home insulation does involve upfront costs, the savings in electricity over the next 10 years will most certainly make up for it.
One location where heat escapes quickly from your residence are through your windows. The best method is to get double glazing on your windows, but this can be quite costly so contemplate using solid drapes which will preserve most of the heat. When the warmer months gradually arrive, just change your thick drapes for curtains which are more suitable for warmer weather.
One of the most affordable ways to cut down on your electricity bill is to eradicate any drafts in your residence. Any gaps in your windows and doors will make it possible for warm air to escape and cool air to get in. Think about 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 done to warm up your kitchen and lounge. Along with that, don’t drain the hot water in your bath immediately. Shutting doors to cold rooms when you’re not using them and turning off heating units when you leave the house or go to sleep are all useful ways to cut down on your electricity bill.
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