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 heat and it doesn’t trouble me much, but the cold hits me like a tonne of bricks! Like many of you, my electricity bill skyrockets through the cold weather and there’s a number of reasons why. Not only are we using heating appliances to keep us warm and cozy, but the nights are longer so naturally 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 heaps of money, but you’ll also reduce your carbon footprint as well. Recent studies reveal that during the colder 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. Wearing lots of warm clothing and blankets is drastically cheaper than using electric heating. Even if 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 quicker than you expect!
Electric heaters are undoubtedly the leading contributor to your electricity bill during winter. As a substitute, think about using a gas heater or a fireplace which have the advantage of warming rooms quicker than electric heaters but use far less electricity.
With longer and darker nights, lighting is used far more frequently in winter without you even knowing it. The lightbulbs you have set up in your home make a substantial difference to your electricity bill, so contemplate changing any halogen lights for LEDs or CFLs which will save you hundreds of dollars throughout the year.
A dependable insulation system in your residence 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 opportunity to insulate your floors, roof, and walls. While home insulation does involve upfront costs, the savings in electricity over the next 20 years will surely offset it.
One spot where heat escapes rapidly from your house are through your windows. The best solution is to get double glazing on your windows, but this can be relatively expensive so contemplate using solid drapes which will retain most of the heat. When the warmer months inevitably arrive, just switch your thick drapes for curtains which are better suited.
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 residence. Any spaces in your windows and doors will enable warm air to escape and cool air to enter. 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 few minutes when you’re finished to warm up your kitchen and lounge. Also, don’t drain the hot water in your bath straight away. Closing doors to cold rooms when you’re not using them and switching off heating appliances when you leave your home or go to bed are all simple ways to reduce your electricity bill.
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