Personally, I find there’s nothing more discomforting than being cold. Coming from Queensland, I’m used to the heat 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 during the cold weather and there’s a number of reasons for this. Not only are we using heating appliances to keep us warm and cozy, 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 perfect time to make your home more energy efficient. Not only will you save plenty of money, but you’ll also decrease your carbon footprint as well. Recent studies reveal 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 plenty of warm clothing and blankets is significantly cheaper than utilising 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 imagine!
Electric heaters are undeniably the leading contributor to your electricity bill over winter. Instead, look into 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 much more often in winter without you even realising it. The lightbulbs you have installed in your house make a sizable difference to your electricity bill, so look into 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 household will not only keep you warmer in winter, but cooler in summer also. Depending upon your home’s building materials, you may have the capacity to insulate your walls, floors, and roof. While home insulation does involve upfront costs, the savings in electricity over the next 20 years will most certainly offset it.
One location where heat escapes rapidly from your household are through your windows. The best solution is to get double glazing on your windows, but this can be relatively costly so think about using thick drapes which will preserve most of the heat. When the warmer months eventually arrive, just switch your solid drapes for curtains which are better suited.
One of the most cost-effective ways to minimise your electricity bill is to get rid of any drafts in your home. Any spaces in your windows and doors 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 few minutes when you’re finished to heat up your kitchen and lounge. In addition, don’t drain the hot water in your bath straight away. Closing doors to cold rooms when you’re not using them and switching off heating devices when you leave the house or go to sleep are all efficient ways to cut down on your electricity bill.
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