How to Save Money on Your Electricity Bill this Winter
Personally, I find there’s nothing worse than being cold. Originating from Queensland, I’m used to the hot weather 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 during the winter season and there’s a couple of reasons for this. Not only are we using heating products to keep us warm and toasty, but the nights are longer so naturally we use more lighting during winter.
With the prices of electricity currently soaring in Australia, this winter is the ideal time to make your home more energy efficient. Not only will you save lots of money, but you’ll also decrease your carbon footprint too. Recent studies reveal that during the winter months, 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, 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 expect!
Electric heaters are certainly the main contributor to your electricity bill throughout winter. Alternatively, think about 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 house make a considerable difference to your electricity bill, so contemplate switching 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. Based on your home’s construction, you may be able to insulate your roof, floors, and walls. Although home insulation does require upfront costs, the savings in electricity over the next 5 years will most definitely offset it.
One area where heat escapes rapidly from your household are through your windows. The best method is to get double glazing on your windows, but this can be quite expensive so contemplate using solid drapes which will preserve most of the heat. When the warmer months gradually arrive, just replace your solid drapes for curtains which are more suitable for warmer weather.
One of the most affordable ways to cut down on your electricity bill is to eradicate any drafts in your residence. Any gaps in your windows and doors 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 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 finished to heat up your kitchen and lounge. Equally, don’t drain the hot water in your bath immediately. Shutting doors to cold rooms when you’re not using them and switching off heating units when you leave your home or go to sleep are all sensible ways to minimise your electricity bill.
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