Personally, I find there’s nothing worse than being cold. Originating from Queensland, I’m used to the humid sun 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 couple of 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 prices of electricity currently soaring in Australia, this winter is the perfect time to make your home more energy efficient. Not only will you save plenty of money, but you’ll also minimise your carbon footprint as well. 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. Putting on plenty of warm clothing and blankets is substantially cheaper than utilising electric heating. Even when 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 imagine!
Electric heaters are undeniably the main contributor to your electricity bill during winter. As an alternative, contemplate 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 far more often in winter without you even acknowledging it. The lightbulbs you have mounted in your home 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 year.
A functional insulation system in your household will not only keep you warmer in winter, but cooler in summer as well. Based on your home’s construction, you may be able to insulate your roof, walls, and floors. Even though home insulation does require upfront costs, the savings in electricity over the next 20 years will unquestionably offset it.
One area where heat escapes quickly from your residence are through your windows. The best solution is to get double glazing on your windows, but this can be rather expensive so think about using thick drapes which will retain most of the heat. When the warmer months eventually arrive, just change your solid drapes for curtains which are better suited.
One of the most practical ways to lower your electricity bill is to eliminate any drafts in your home. Any spaces in your doors and windows will allow 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 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 finished to warm up your kitchen and lounge. Moreover, don’t drain the hot water in your bath straight away. Shutting doors to cold rooms when you’re not using them and turning off heating devices when you leave the house or go to sleep are all sensible ways to reduce your electricity bill.
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