Personally, I find there’s nothing worse than being cold. Originating from Queensland, I’m used to the hot weather and it doesn’t bother me 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 products to keep us warm and cozy, but the nights are longer so generally we use more lighting during winter.
With the prices of electricity already soaring in Australia, this winter is the ideal time to make your house more energy efficient. Not only will you save plenty of money, but you’ll also cut down on your carbon footprint as well. Recent studies reveal 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. Wearing lots of warm clothing and blankets is much cheaper than using electric heating. Even if 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 quicker than you suspect!
Electric heaters are undoubtedly the main contributor to your electricity bill over 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 far more frequently in winter without you even realising it. The lightbulbs you have set up in your house 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 course of the year.
A functional insulation system in your house will not only keep you warmer in winter, but cooler in summer also. Based on your home’s building materials, you may have the capacity to insulate your walls, roof, and floors. Even though home insulation does require upfront costs, the savings in electricity over the next 15 years will most certainly make up for it.
One area where heat escapes quickly from your home are through your windows. The best method is to get double glazing on your windows, but this can be quite expensive so think about using solid drapes which will preserve most of the heat. When the warmer months gradually arrive, just switch your solid drapes for curtains which are more appropriate for warmer weather.
Get rid of drafts
One of the most practical ways to decrease your electricity bill is to get rid of any drafts in your residence. Any spaces in your doors and windows will allow warm air to escape and cool air to get in. 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 warm up your kitchen and lounge. Furthermore, don’t drain the hot water in your bath immediately. Shutting doors to cold rooms when you’re not using them and shutting off heating appliances when you leave the house or go to sleep are all sensible ways to cut down on your electricity bill.
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