Effective Ways to Save Money on Your Electricity Bill this Winter
Personally, I find there’s nothing worse than being cold. Originating from Queensland, I’m used to the stiffling heat and it doesn’t worry me too much, but the cold hits me like a tonne of bricks! Like many of you, my electricity bill skyrockets through the winter season and there’s a couple of reasons why. Not only are we using heating units to keep us warm and toasty, but the nights are longer so naturally 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 a great deal of money, but you’ll also lower your carbon footprint too. Recent studies reveal that during the winter months, 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 lots of warm clothing and blankets is drastically cheaper than using electric heating. Even if you have central heating, set 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 undeniably the largest contributor to your electricity bill throughout winter. As a substitute, contemplate using a gas heater or a fireplace which have the advantage of warming rooms faster than electric heaters but use far less electricity.
With longer and darker nights, lighting is used much more frequently in winter without you even realising it. The lightbulbs you have installed in your house make a significant 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 year.
A practical insulation system in your residence will not only keep you warmer in winter, but cooler in summer also. Depending upon your home’s construction, you may have the opportunity to insulate your roof, floors, and walls. Whilst home insulation does consist of upfront costs, the savings in electricity over the next 5 years will undeniably offset it.
One place where heat escapes quickly from your home are through your windows. The best approach is to get double glazing on your windows, but this can be pretty costly so consider using solid drapes which will retain most of the heat. When the warmer months inevitably arrive, just switch your thick drapes for curtains which are more suitable for warmer weather.
One of the most economical ways to minimise your electricity bill is to eliminate any drafts in your household. Any gaps in your windows and doors will make it possible for warm air to escape and cool air to enter. 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 few minutes when you’re finished to heat up your kitchen and lounge. Equally, 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 units when you leave your house or go to sleep are all practical ways to minimise your electricity bill.
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