Personally, I find there’s nothing more discomforting than being cold. Coming from Queensland, I’m used to the stiffling 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 skyrockets during the cold weather and there’s a couple of reasons why. Not only are we using heating devices 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 home more energy efficient. Not only will you save plenty of money, but you’ll also decrease your carbon footprint too. 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. Putting on lots of warm clothing and blankets is much cheaper than utilising electric heating. Even if you have central heating, set the temperature to a level which is ‘just’ comfortable and use clothing and blankets to fill the gap. You’ll acclimatise much faster than you think!
Electric heaters are most certainly the leading contributor to your electricity bill throughout winter. Instead, contemplate 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 frequently in winter without you even realising it. The lightbulbs you have installed in your home make a substantial difference to your electricity bill, so consider switching any halogen lights for LEDs or CFLs which will save you hundreds of dollars during the course of the year.
A functional insulation system in your household will not only keep you warmer in winter, but cooler in summer too. Depending upon your home’s construction, you may have the ability to insulate your roof, floors, and walls. Although home insulation does involve upfront costs, the savings in electricity over the next 5 years will surely make up for it.
One place where heat escapes rapidly from your household are through your windows. The best approach is to get double glazing on your windows, but this can be somewhat expensive so think about using thick drapes which will retain most of the heat. When the warmer months eventually arrive, just substitute your thick drapes for curtains which are more suitable.
One of the most cost-effective ways to minimise your electricity bill is to eradicate any drafts in your home. 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 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 done to heat up your kitchen and lounge. Furthermore, don’t drain the hot water in your bath immediately. Closing doors to cold rooms when you’re not using them and turning off heating products when you leave your house or go to bed are all logical ways to reduce your electricity bill.
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