How to Save Money on Your Electricity Bill this Winter
Personally, I find there’s nothing worse than being cold. Coming from Queensland, I’m used to the stiffling 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 soars through the winter season and there’s a few reasons why. Not only are we using heating products 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 ideal time to make your residence more energy efficient. Not only will you save lots of money, but you’ll also minimise your carbon footprint at the same time. Recent studies reveal 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. Putting on loads of warm clothing and blankets is far cheaper than utilising electric heating. Even if you have central heating, set 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 suspect!
Electric heaters are most certainly the leading contributor to your electricity bill throughout winter. Alternatively, think about 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 set up in your home make a huge difference to your electricity bill, so think about switching any halogen lights for LEDs or CFLs which will save you hundreds of dollars during the year.
A reliable insulation system in your home will not only keep you warmer in winter, but cooler in summer as well. Depending on your home’s building materials, you may have the capacity to insulate your floors, walls, and roof. Whilst home insulation does entail upfront costs, the savings in electricity over the next 5 years will most certainly make up for it.
One place where heat escapes quickly from your household are through your windows. The best approach is to get double glazing on your windows, but this can be somewhat expensive so look into using solid drapes which will preserve most of the heat. When the warmer months gradually arrive, just change your solid drapes for curtains which are more suitable.
One of the most cost-effective ways to decrease 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 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 warm up your kitchen and lounge. Moreover, don’t drain the hot water in your bath straight away. Shutting doors to cold rooms when you’re not using them and switching off heating products when you leave the house or go to sleep are all easy ways to decrease your electricity bill.
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