Personally, I find there’s nothing worse than being cold. Coming from Queensland, I’m used to the stiffling sun 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 cold weather and there’s a number of reasons for this. Not only are we using heating systems to keep us warm and comfortable, but the nights are longer so generally we use more lighting during winter.
With the cost of electricity currently soaring in Australia, this winter is the ideal time to make your house more energy efficient. Not only will you save plenty of money, but you’ll also decrease your carbon footprint at the same time. 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 plenty of warm clothing and blankets is drastically cheaper than using electric heating. Even when you have central heating, set the temperature to a degree which is ‘just’ comfortable and use clothing and blankets to fill the gap. You’ll acclimatise much quicker than you suspect!
Electric heaters are without doubt the greatest contributor to your electricity bill throughout winter. Instead, 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 much more frequently in winter without you even acknowledging it. The lightbulbs you have set up at home make a substantial difference to your electricity bill, so contemplate 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. Based on your home’s building materials, you may have the ability to insulate your roof, walls, and floors. While home insulation does require upfront costs, the savings in electricity over the next 15 years will certainly offset it.
One location where heat escapes rapidly from your residence are through your windows. The best method is to get double glazing on your windows, but this can be quite costly so think about using thick drapes which will retain most of the heat. When the warmer months inevitably arrive, just replace your thick drapes for curtains which are more suitable.
Get rid of drafts
One of the most economical ways to minimise your electricity bill is to get rid of any drafts in your house. Any spaces in your doors and windows will allow warm air to escape and cool air to get in. 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 few minutes when you’re done to heat up your kitchen and lounge. Additionally, 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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