|September 11, 2018||0|
Personally, I find there’s nothing more discomforting than being cold. Coming from Queensland, I’m used to the heat and it doesn’t bother me too 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 units to keep us warm and comfortable, but the nights are longer so generally we use more lighting during winter.
With the cost of electricity currently 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 minimise your carbon footprint too. Recent studies indicate 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 plenty of warm clothing and blankets is much cheaper than utilising electric heating. Even if you have central heating, adjust the temperature to a level which is ‘just’ comfortable and use clothing and blankets to fill the gap. You’ll acclimatise much quicker than you expect!
Electric heaters are undeniably the leading contributor to your electricity bill throughout winter. As a substitute, look into 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 acknowledging it. The lightbulbs you have set up in your house make a dramatic difference to your electricity bill, so look into switching 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 also. Based on your home’s building materials, you may have the capacity to insulate your floors, walls, and roof. Whilst home insulation does involve upfront costs, the savings in electricity over the next 10 years will most definitely 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 somewhat costly so consider using solid drapes which will retain most of the heat. When the warmer months inevitably arrive, just substitute your thick drapes for curtains which are better suited.
One of the most affordable ways to decrease your electricity bill is to get rid of any drafts in your residence. Any gaps in your windows and doors will make it possible for 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 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 finished to warm up your kitchen and lounge. Along with that, don’t drain the hot water in your bath straight away. Shutting doors to cold rooms when you’re not using them and shutting off heating products when you leave your home or go to bed are all easy ways to cut down on your electricity bill.
If you’re experiencing any financial difficulties and finding it challenging to stay up to date with all your bills, it’s always best to seek financial help as soon as possible. The sooner you act, the more solutions are available to you, so if you need any support with your finances, talk to Fresh Start Solutions Adelaide on 1300 818 575. Alternatively, visit our website for more information: http://freshstartsolutions.com.au/bankruptcy-adelaide