Personally, I find there’s nothing worse than being cold. Originating from Queensland, I’m used to the heat 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 why. Not only are we using heating systems to keep us warm and cozy, but the nights are longer so generally 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 lots of money, but you’ll also decrease your carbon footprint at the same time. Recent studies reveal 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 when you have central heating, change 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 expect!
Electric heaters are without a doubt the biggest contributor to your electricity bill throughout winter. As an alternative, consider using a gas heater or a fireplace which have the benefit of warming rooms faster than electric heaters but use far less electricity.
With longer and darker nights, lighting is used much more frequently in winter without you even realising it. The lightbulbs you have installed in your household make a dramatic difference to your electricity bill, so consider switching any halogen lights for LEDs or CFLs which will save you hundreds of dollars throughout the year.
A reliable insulation system in your house will not only keep you warmer in winter, but cooler in summer too. Based on your home’s construction, you may have the capacity to insulate your floors, roof, and walls. While home insulation does entail upfront costs, the savings in electricity over the next five years will unquestionably offset it.
One place 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 relatively costly so contemplate using solid drapes which will preserve most of the heat. When the warmer months eventually arrive, just substitute your solid drapes for curtains which are better suited.
One of the most economical ways to reduce your electricity bill is to eliminate any drafts in your residence. Any gaps 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 finished to warm up your kitchen and lounge. At the same time, don’t drain the hot water in your bath immediately. Closing doors to cold rooms when you’re not using them and shutting off heating devices when you leave your home or go to bed are all easy ways to reduce your electricity bill.
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