|September 11, 2018||0|
Personally, I find there’s nothing more discomforting than being cold. Originating from Queensland, I’m used to the humid 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 winter months and there’s a couple of reasons for this. Not only are we using heating devices to keep us warm and comfortable, but the nights are longer so naturally we use more lighting during winter.
With the cost of electricity already soaring in Australia, this winter is the ideal time to make your home more energy efficient. Not only will you save plenty of money, but you’ll also decrease your carbon footprint at the same time. Recent studies illustrate 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. Putting on loads of warm clothing and blankets is notably cheaper than utilising electric heating. Even when 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 think!
Electric heaters are undeniably the largest contributor to your electricity bill over winter. As an alternative, contemplate 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 frequently in winter without you even acknowledging it. The lightbulbs you have mounted in your house make a dramatic difference to your electricity bill, so contemplate changing any halogen lights for LEDs or CFLs which will save you hundreds of dollars throughout the year.
An effective 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 be able to insulate your walls, floors, and roof. Although home insulation does consist of upfront costs, the savings in electricity over the next 5 years will certainly offset it.
One location where heat escapes quickly from your residence are through your windows. The best solution is to get double glazing on your windows, but this can be relatively expensive so think about using thick drapes which will retain most of the heat. When the warmer months gradually arrive, just change your thick drapes for curtains which are more appropriate for warmer weather.
Get rid of drafts
One of the most affordable ways to minimise your electricity bill is to eliminate any drafts in your household. 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 finished to heat up your kitchen and lounge. At the same time, don’t drain the hot water in your bath immediately. Shutting doors to cold rooms when you’re not using them and shutting off heating units when you leave your house or go to sleep are all simple ways to lower your electricity bill.
If you’re experiencing any financial difficulties and finding it hard to keep up with all your bills, it’s always best to seek financial assistance as soon as possible. The sooner you act, the more alternatives are available to you, so if you need any support with your finances, get in contact with Fresh Start Solutions Gold Coast on 1300 818 575. Alternatively, visit our website for more information: http://freshstartsolutions.com.au/bankruptcy-goldcoast