Tips On How to Save Money on Your Electricity Bill this Winter
Personally, I find there’s nothing more discomforting than being cold. Coming from Queensland, I’m used to the hot weather and it doesn’t trouble 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 couple of reasons why. Not only are we using heating devices to keep us warm and comfortable, 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 ideal time to make your house more energy efficient. Not only will you save plenty of money, but you’ll also cut down on 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. Putting on loads of warm clothing and blankets is considerably cheaper than utilising electric heating. Even when 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 faster than you suspect!
Electric heaters are unquestionably the biggest contributor to your electricity bill during winter. Instead, contemplate 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 acknowledging it. The lightbulbs you have mounted at home make a considerable difference to your electricity bill, so look into changing any halogen lights for LEDs or CFLs which will save you hundreds of dollars during the year.
A dependable insulation system in your house will not only keep you warmer in winter, but cooler in summer also. Depending upon your home’s building materials, you may have the opportunity to insulate your roof, walls, and floors. Although home insulation does entail upfront costs, the savings in electricity over the next 15 years will unquestionably make up for it.
One spot 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 pretty expensive so look at using solid drapes which will preserve most of the heat. When the warmer months gradually arrive, just substitute your thick drapes for curtains which are more appropriate for warmer weather.
Get rid of drafts
One of the most practical ways to reduce your electricity bill is to eliminate any drafts in your residence. Any gaps in your windows and doors will allow 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 little 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. At the same time, 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 devices when you leave your house or go to sleep are all efficient ways to cut down on your electricity bill.
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