Personally, I find there’s nothing worse than being cold. Hailing from Queensland, I’m used to the stiffling heat and it doesn’t worry me much, but the cold hits me like a tonne of bricks! Like many of you, my electricity bill skyrockets through the cold weather and there’s a few reasons for this. Not only are we using heating devices to keep us warm and toasty, 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 perfect time to make your residence more energy efficient. Not only will you save lots of money, but you’ll also decrease your carbon footprint as well. Recent studies illustrate that during winter, 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 far cheaper than using 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 think!
Electric heaters are without a doubt the biggest contributor to your electricity bill over winter. As an alternative, think about using a gas heater or a fireplace which have the advantage 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 knowing it. The lightbulbs you have installed at home make a substantial difference to your electricity bill, so look at switching 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 opportunity to insulate your roof, walls, and floors. Although home insulation does involve upfront costs, the savings in electricity over the next 15 years will most definitely make up for it.
One place where heat escapes quickly from your home are through your windows. The best technique is to get double glazing on your windows, but this can be rather costly so look into using solid drapes which will preserve most of the heat. When the warmer months gradually arrive, just change your thick drapes for curtains which are better suited.
Get rid of drafts
One of the most practical ways to cut down on your electricity bill is to eliminate any drafts in your household. 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 couple of minutes when you’re done to warm up your kitchen and lounge. Likewise, don’t drain the hot water in your bath straight away. Closing doors to cold rooms when you’re not using them and turning off heating appliances when you leave the house or go to sleep are all efficient ways to decrease your electricity bill.
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