Personally, I find there’s nothing worse than being cold. Coming 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 winter season and there’s a couple of reasons why. Not only are we using heating appliances to keep us warm and toasty, but the nights are longer so naturally 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 lots of money, but you’ll also cut down on your carbon footprint as well. Recent studies illustrate 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 much cheaper than using electric heating. Even if you have central heating, change 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 expect!
Electric heaters are without doubt the leading contributor to your electricity bill during winter. Alternatively, 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 far more often in winter without you even realising it. The lightbulbs you have installed in your home make a huge difference to your electricity bill, so look at changing any halogen lights for LEDs or CFLs which will save you hundreds of dollars during the course of the year.
A dependable insulation system in your house will not only keep you warmer in winter, but cooler in summer too. Depending upon your home’s construction, you may have the capacity to insulate your floors, walls, and roof. Although home insulation does involve upfront costs, the savings in electricity over the next 10 years will most definitely offset it.
One spot where heat escapes quickly from your home are through your windows. The best strategy is to get double glazing on your windows, but this can be somewhat expensive so look at using thick drapes which will retain most of the heat. When the warmer months inevitably arrive, just change your thick drapes for curtains which are more appropriate for warmer weather.
One of the most affordable ways to lower your electricity bill is to eliminate any drafts in your house. Any gaps in your doors and windows will enable 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 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 finished to warm up your kitchen and lounge. At the same time, 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 devices when you leave your home or go to sleep are all practical ways to cut down on your electricity bill.
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