Personally, I find there’s nothing more discomforting than being cold. Hailing from Queensland, I’m used to the hot weather and it doesn’t trouble me too 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 number of reasons for this. Not only are we using heating systems to keep us warm and toasty, 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 reduce your carbon footprint as well. Recent studies reveal that during the colder months, 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 substantially cheaper than utilising 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 expect!
Electric heaters are without a doubt the leading 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 much more frequently in winter without you even knowing it. The lightbulbs you have installed in your household make a substantial difference to your electricity bill, so look into changing any halogen lights for LEDs or CFLs which will save you hundreds of dollars during the course of the year.
A practical insulation system in your residence will not only keep you warmer in winter, but cooler in summer also. Depending upon your home’s building materials, you may have the opportunity to insulate your floors, walls, and roof. Although home insulation does include upfront costs, the savings in electricity over the next 20 years will undoubtedly offset it.
One spot where heat escapes rapidly from your residence are through your windows. The best strategy is to get double glazing on your windows, but this can be quite expensive so contemplate using thick drapes which will preserve most of the heat. When the warmer months inevitably arrive, just change your solid drapes for curtains which are more appropriate.
Get rid of drafts
One of the most affordable ways to lower your electricity bill is to eliminate any drafts in your house. Any gaps in your windows and doors will make it possible for 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 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 heat up your kitchen and lounge. In addition, don’t drain the hot water in your bath immediately. Closing doors to cold rooms when you’re not using them and turning off heating devices when you leave your house or go to sleep are all useful ways to decrease your electricity bill.
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