Personally, I find there’s nothing more discomforting than being cold. Originating from Queensland, I’m used to the humid sun and it doesn’t worry me too much, but the cold hits me like a tonne of bricks! Like many of you, my electricity bill skyrockets through the winter months and there’s a couple of reasons for this. Not only are we using heating appliances 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 perfect time to make your household more energy efficient. Not only will you save loads of money, but you’ll also reduce your carbon footprint at the same time. Recent studies indicate 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 plenty of warm clothing and blankets is significantly 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 quicker than you suspect!
Electric heaters are undoubtedly the greatest contributor to your electricity bill during winter. Alternatively, 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 much more frequently in winter without you even acknowledging it. The lightbulbs you have mounted in your household make a dramatic 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 household will not only keep you warmer in winter, but cooler in summer also. Depending on your home’s construction, you may have the opportunity to insulate your walls, floors, and roof. Even though home insulation does consist of upfront costs, the savings in electricity over the next 10 years will certainly make up for it.
One spot where heat escapes quickly from your house are through your windows. The best solution is to get double glazing on your windows, but this can be quite costly so look at using solid drapes which will retain most of the heat. When the warmer months inevitably arrive, just substitute your thick drapes for curtains which are better suited.
Get rid of drafts
One of the most practical ways to decrease your electricity bill is to eliminate any drafts in your residence. Any gaps in your windows and doors 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 couple of minutes when you’re done to warm up your kitchen and lounge. Moreover, 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 the house or go to bed are all simple ways to lower your electricity bill.
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