Tips On How to Save Money on Your Electricity Bill this Winter
Personally, I find there’s nothing more discomforting than being cold. Originating from Queensland, I’m used to the stiffling heat and it doesn’t trouble me too much, but the cold hits me like a tonne of bricks! Like many of you, my electricity bill soars during the cold weather and there’s a few reasons for this. Not only are we using heating products to keep us warm and toasty, 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 perfect time to make your home more energy efficient. Not only will you save plenty of money, but you’ll also cut down on your carbon footprint as well. 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 drastically cheaper than utilising electric heating. Even when you have central heating, set the temperature to a level which is ‘just’ comfortable and use clothing and blankets to fill the gap. You’ll acclimatise much faster than you imagine!
Electric heaters are without doubt the greatest contributor to your electricity bill during winter. Instead, think about using a gas heater or a fireplace which have the benefit of warming rooms quicker than electric heaters but use far less electricity.
With longer and darker nights, lighting is used much more frequently in winter without you even knowing it. The lightbulbs you have mounted in your household 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 course of the year.
An efficient insulation system in your home will not only keep you warmer in winter, but cooler in summer also. Depending on your home’s construction, you may be able to insulate your floors, walls, and roof. Whilst home insulation does consist of upfront costs, the savings in electricity over the next 20 years will undeniably make up for it.
One location where heat escapes quickly from your residence are through your windows. The best method is to get double glazing on your windows, but this can be quite costly so think about using solid drapes which will preserve most of the heat. When the warmer months eventually arrive, just change your solid drapes for curtains which are more suitable for warmer weather.
One of the most affordable ways to lower your electricity bill is to get rid of any drafts in your residence. Any gaps in your windows and doors will enable warm air to escape and cool air to enter. Consider 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 couple of minutes when you’re finished 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 shutting off heating appliances when you leave your home or go to bed are all efficient ways to minimise your electricity bill.
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