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 stiffling sun 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 cold weather and there’s a number of reasons why. Not only are we using heating products to keep us warm and comfortable, 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 plenty of money, but you’ll also lower your carbon footprint at the same time. Recent studies illustrate 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 lots of warm clothing and blankets is far cheaper than utilising electric heating. Even when you have central heating, change 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 think!
Electric heaters are unquestionably the leading contributor to your electricity bill during winter. Instead, look into 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 much more often in winter without you even realising it. The lightbulbs you have set up in your residence make a substantial 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.
A reliable insulation system in your residence will not only keep you warmer in winter, but cooler in summer also. Depending on your home’s construction, you may have the opportunity to insulate your floors, walls, and roof. Although home insulation does entail upfront costs, the savings in electricity over the next 15 years will unquestionably offset it.
One place where heat escapes rapidly from your home are through your windows. The best approach is to get double glazing on your windows, but this can be relatively expensive so consider using thick drapes which will preserve most of the heat. When the warmer months gradually arrive, just replace your solid drapes for curtains which are more appropriate.
Get rid of drafts
One of the most practical ways to cut down on your electricity bill is to eradicate any drafts in your house. Any gaps in your windows and doors will make it possible for warm air to escape and cool air to enter. Look at 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 done to heat 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 shutting off heating units when you leave your home or go to sleep are all easy ways to minimise your electricity bill.
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