Personally, I find there’s nothing worse than being cold. Hailing 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 skyrockets during the cold weather and there’s a couple of reasons why. Not only are we using heating appliances to keep us warm and cozy, but the nights are longer so naturally we use more lighting during winter.
With the prices of electricity already soaring in Australia, this winter is the ideal time to make your home more energy efficient. Not only will you save a great deal of money, but you’ll also minimise 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. Wearing loads of warm clothing and blankets is much cheaper than utilising electric heating. Even if you have central heating, adjust 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 think!
Electric heaters are unquestionably the main contributor to your electricity bill throughout winter. Instead, consider 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 mounted in your home make a substantial difference to your electricity bill, so look into switching any halogen lights for LEDs or CFLs which will save you hundreds of dollars during the year.
A reliable insulation system in your residence will not only keep you warmer in winter, but cooler in summer as well. Depending upon your home’s building materials, you may have the ability to insulate your roof, floors, and walls. Whilst home insulation does require upfront costs, the savings in electricity over the next 15 years will undoubtedly make up for it.
One location where heat escapes quickly from your home are through your windows. The best strategy is to get double glazing on your windows, but this can be quite costly so contemplate using thick drapes which will preserve most of the heat. When the warmer months gradually arrive, just substitute your thick drapes for curtains which are more appropriate for warmer weather.
One of the most affordable ways to decrease 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 couple of minutes when you’re done to heat up your kitchen and lounge. Also, 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 your home or go to sleep are all logical ways to minimise your electricity bill.
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