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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 worry 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 couple of 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 household more energy efficient. Not only will you save plenty of money, but you’ll also cut down on your carbon footprint as well. Recent studies indicate 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 lots of warm clothing and blankets is notably 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 without a doubt the main contributor to your electricity bill throughout winter. As an alternative, look at 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 often in winter without you even knowing it. The lightbulbs you have installed in your household make a dramatic 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 home will not only keep you warmer in winter, but cooler in summer too. Depending upon your home’s building materials, you may be able to insulate your roof, walls, and floors. Even though home insulation does require upfront costs, the savings in electricity over the next 5 years will unquestionably offset it.
One spot where heat escapes quickly from your residence are through your windows. The best strategy is to get double glazing on your windows, but this can be pretty expensive so consider using solid drapes which will retain most of the heat. When the warmer months eventually arrive, just change your thick drapes for curtains which are more suitable for warmer weather.
Get rid of drafts
One of the most cost-effective ways to cut down on your electricity bill is to get rid of any drafts in your home. Any spaces in your doors and windows will enable warm air to escape and cool air to get in. Think about 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 couple of minutes when you’re done to heat up your kitchen and lounge. At the same time, don’t drain the hot water in your bath immediately. Closing doors to cold rooms when you’re not using them and shutting off heating units when you leave your home or go to bed are all efficient ways to lower your electricity bill.
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