Personally, I find there’s nothing worse than being cold. Originating from Queensland, I’m used to the heat and it doesn’t bother me too much, but the cold hits me like a tonne of bricks! Like many of you, my electricity bill skyrockets through the winter months and there’s a couple of reasons for this. Not only are we using heating appliances to keep us warm and comfortable, but the nights are longer so generally we use more lighting during winter.

 

With the prices of electricity already 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 lower 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.

 

Rug up

One of the best ways to save money this winter is to dress for the occasion. Wearing lots of warm clothing and blankets is considerably cheaper than using electric heating. Even when 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 expect!

 

Heating units

Electric heaters are without a doubt the main 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 quicker than electric heaters but use far less electricity.

 

Lighting

With longer and darker nights, lighting is used much more often in winter without you even realising it. The lightbulbs you have set up in your home make a sizable difference to your electricity bill, so look at switching any halogen lights for LEDs or CFLs which will save you hundreds of dollars throughout the year.

 

Insulation

An effective insulation system in your residence will not only keep you warmer in winter, but cooler in summer as well. Based on your home’s building materials, you may be able to insulate your roof, floors, and walls. Although home insulation does include upfront costs, the savings in electricity over the next 20 years will undoubtedly make up for it.

 

Windows

One location where heat escapes rapidly from your residence are through your windows. The best approach is to get double glazing on your windows, but this can be pretty expensive so consider using thick drapes which will retain most of the heat. When the warmer months eventually arrive, just switch your solid drapes for curtains which are more appropriate.

 

Get rid of drafts

One of the most practical ways to cut down on your electricity bill is to eliminate any drafts in your home. Any spaces in your doors and windows will enable warm air to escape and cool air to enter. Look into 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 couple of minutes when you’re finished to warm up your kitchen and lounge. Equally, don’t drain the hot water in your bath straight away. Shutting doors to cold rooms when you’re not using them and turning off heating products when you leave your home or go to bed are all easy ways to lower your electricity bill.

 

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