Personally, I find there’s nothing more discomforting than being cold. Originating from Queensland, I’m used to the stiffling sun 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 for this. Not only are we using heating systems to keep us warm and cozy, but the nights are longer so generally we use more lighting during winter.
With the cost of electricity already soaring in Australia, this winter is the perfect time to make your house more energy efficient. Not only will you save lots of money, but you’ll also decrease your carbon footprint at the same time. 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 notably cheaper than utilising 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 suspect!
Electric heaters are undoubtedly the greatest contributor to your electricity bill throughout winter. Alternatively, consider 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 realising it. The lightbulbs you have set up in your home make a dramatic difference to your electricity bill, so think about changing any halogen lights for LEDs or CFLs which will save you hundreds of dollars throughout the year.
A reliable insulation system in your home will not only keep you warmer in winter, but cooler in summer too. Depending on your home’s construction, you may have the opportunity to insulate your roof, floors, and walls. Although home insulation does consist of upfront costs, the savings in electricity over the next 15 years will most certainly make up for it.
One location where heat escapes quickly from your house are through your windows. The best technique is to get double glazing on your windows, but this can be relatively expensive so consider using solid drapes which will retain most of the heat. When the warmer months inevitably arrive, just switch your solid drapes for curtains which are more suitable for warmer weather.
Get rid of drafts
One of the most practical ways to lower your electricity bill is to eradicate any drafts in your residence. Any spaces in your windows and doors will make it possible for warm air to escape and cool air to get in. 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 couple of minutes when you’re done to warm up your kitchen and lounge. Also, don’t drain the hot water in your bath straight away. Shutting doors to cold rooms when you’re not using them and switching off heating products when you leave the house or go to bed are all practical ways to cut down on your electricity bill.
If you’re experiencing any financial problems and finding it hard to stay up to date with all your bills, it’s always best to seek financial help as quickly as possible. The sooner you act, the more choices are available to you, so if you need any support with your finances, reach out to Bankruptcy Experts Mildura on 1300 795 575. Alternatively, visit our website for more information: www.bankruptcyexpertsmildura.com.au