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Personally, I find there’s nothing worse than being cold. Originating from Queensland, I’m used to the hot weather 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 through the winter season and there’s a few reasons for this. Not only are we using heating products to keep us warm and toasty, 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 perfect time to make your house more energy efficient. Not only will you save plenty of money, but you’ll also minimise your carbon footprint at the same time. 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 loads of warm clothing and blankets is significantly cheaper than utilising electric heating. Even when 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 faster than you think!
Electric heaters are undeniably the biggest contributor to your electricity bill during winter. Alternatively, contemplate using a gas heater or a fireplace which have the advantage of warming rooms faster than electric heaters but use far less electricity.
With longer and darker nights, lighting is used far more often in winter without you even knowing it. The lightbulbs you have mounted in your home make a dramatic difference to your electricity bill, so think about changing any halogen lights for LEDs or CFLs which will save you hundreds of dollars throughout the year.
An efficient insulation system in your household will not only keep you warmer in winter, but cooler in summer also. Depending upon your home’s construction, you may have the opportunity to insulate your roof, floors, and walls. Even though home insulation does entail upfront costs, the savings in electricity over the next 20 years will unquestionably make up for it.
One area where heat escapes rapidly 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 think about using solid drapes which will retain most of the heat. When the warmer months eventually arrive, just change your solid drapes for curtains which are more appropriate for warmer weather.
One of the most practical ways to cut down on your electricity bill is to eliminate any drafts in your residence. Any spaces in your doors and windows will allow warm air to escape and cool air to get in. 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 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 devices when you leave your house or go to sleep are all practical ways to minimise your electricity bill.
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