Tips On 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 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 skyrockets during the winter months and there’s a couple of reasons for this. Not only are we using heating devices to keep us warm and cozy, but the nights are longer so generally we use more lighting during winter.
With the prices of electricity currently soaring in Australia, this winter is the ideal time to make your house more energy efficient. Not only will you save heaps of money, but you’ll also lower your carbon footprint too. Recent studies reveal that during winter, 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 plenty 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 faster than you expect!
Electric heaters are certainly the main contributor to your electricity bill over winter. As a substitute, contemplate 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 far more often in winter without you even knowing it. The lightbulbs you have mounted in your residence make a dramatic difference to your electricity bill, so contemplate switching any halogen lights for LEDs or CFLs which will save you hundreds of dollars during the year.
A dependable insulation system in your residence will not only keep you warmer in winter, but cooler in summer also. Depending upon your home’s building materials, you may have the capacity to insulate your floors, roof, and walls. Although home insulation does require upfront costs, the savings in electricity over the next 10 years will most certainly offset it.
One area where heat escapes quickly from your house are through your windows. The best method is to get double glazing on your windows, but this can be rather expensive so consider using solid drapes which will retain most of the heat. When the warmer months eventually arrive, just replace your thick drapes for curtains which are more suitable.
One of the most affordable ways to lower your electricity bill is to eradicate any drafts in your residence. Any spaces in your doors and windows will enable warm air to escape and cool air to get in. 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 heat up your kitchen and lounge. In addition, don’t drain the hot water in your bath immediately. Closing doors to cold rooms when you’re not using them and switching off heating appliances when you leave the house or go to bed are all sensible ways to decrease your electricity bill.
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