Personally, I find there’s nothing more discomforting than being cold. Originating from Queensland, I’m used to the hot weather 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 cold weather and there’s a few reasons for this. 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 ideal time to make your residence more energy efficient. Not only will you save loads of money, but you’ll also cut down on your carbon footprint at the same time. Recent studies indicate 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. Putting on lots of warm clothing and blankets is far cheaper than utilising electric heating. Even if you have central heating, adjust 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 imagine!
Electric heaters are certainly the greatest contributor to your electricity bill during winter. As a substitute, 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 far more often in winter without you even acknowledging it. The lightbulbs you have installed at home 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 year.
A practical insulation system in your home will not only keep you warmer in winter, but cooler in summer too. Depending on your home’s construction, you may have the capacity to insulate your walls, roof, and floors. While home insulation does involve upfront costs, the savings in electricity over the next five years will undoubtedly make up for it.
One area where heat escapes rapidly from your home are through your windows. The best method is to get double glazing on your windows, but this can be rather expensive so think about using solid drapes which will retain most of the heat. When the warmer months eventually arrive, just substitute your thick drapes for curtains which are more appropriate for warmer weather.
One of the most affordable ways to cut down on your electricity bill is to get rid of any drafts in your house. Any gaps in your doors and windows will allow warm air to escape and cool air to get in. Look into 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 few minutes when you’re finished to heat up your kitchen and lounge. Furthermore, don’t drain the hot water in your bath immediately. Shutting doors to cold rooms when you’re not using them and shutting off heating units when you leave your home or go to sleep are all sensible ways to lower your electricity bill.
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