Personally, I find there’s nothing more discomforting than being cold. Hailing from Queensland, I’m used to the humid sun and it doesn’t trouble me much, but the cold hits me like a tonne of bricks! Like many of you, my electricity bill soars through the winter season and there’s a few reasons why. Not only are we using heating systems to keep us warm and comfortable, but the nights are longer so naturally we use more lighting during winter.
With the prices of electricity already soaring in Australia, this winter is the ideal time to make your house more energy efficient. Not only will you save a great deal of money, but you’ll also minimise your carbon footprint at the same time. Recent studies reveal 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 much cheaper than utilising electric heating. Even if you have central heating, adjust 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 think!
Electric heaters are without doubt the largest contributor to your electricity bill throughout winter. As a substitute, think about 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 realising it. The lightbulbs you have set up in your house make a significant 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 year.
A functional insulation system in your house will not only keep you warmer in winter, but cooler in summer as well. Based on your home’s building materials, you may have the capacity to insulate your floors, roof, and walls. While home insulation does entail upfront costs, the savings in electricity over the next 20 years will surely make up for it.
One spot where heat escapes quickly from your house are through your windows. The best strategy is to get double glazing on your windows, but this can be rather costly so look into using thick drapes which will preserve most of the heat. When the warmer months gradually arrive, just change your solid drapes for curtains which are more appropriate for warmer weather.
One of the most practical ways to reduce your electricity bill is to eliminate any drafts in your home. Any spaces in your windows and doors will make it possible for warm air to escape and cool air to enter. Consider 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. Moreover, don’t drain the hot water in your bath immediately. Closing doors to cold rooms when you’re not using them and switching off heating units when you leave your house or go to bed are all efficient ways to minimise your electricity bill.
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