|September 11, 2018||0|
Personally, I find there’s nothing more discomforting than being cold. Hailing from Queensland, I’m used to the stiffling sun 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 soars through the cold weather and there’s a number of reasons why. Not only are we using heating systems to keep us warm and cozy, 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 perfect time to make your house more energy efficient. Not only will you save plenty of money, but you’ll also lower your carbon footprint as well. 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 loads of warm clothing and blankets is considerably 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 expect!
Electric heaters are without doubt the most significant contributor to your electricity bill during winter. As a substitute, 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 knowing it. The lightbulbs you have set up in your residence make a considerable difference to your electricity bill, so contemplate changing any halogen lights for LEDs or CFLs which will save you hundreds of dollars during the year.
An effective 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 be able to insulate your walls, roof, and floors. Although home insulation does require upfront costs, the savings in electricity over the next five years will most certainly make up for it.
One location where heat escapes quickly from your household are through your windows. The best technique is to get double glazing on your windows, but this can be quite expensive so look at using thick drapes which will retain most of the heat. When the warmer months eventually arrive, just replace your solid drapes for curtains which are more suitable for warmer weather.
Get rid of drafts
One of the most economical ways to cut down on your electricity bill is to get rid of any drafts in your house. Any gaps in your windows and doors will allow warm air to escape and cool air to get in. Consider adding caulking to your window surrounds and draft excluders to the bottom of your doorways.
Use some common sense
A little 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 warm up your kitchen and lounge. Equally, 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 devices when you leave the house or go to bed are all easy ways to lower your electricity bill.
If you’re experiencing any financial challenges and finding it difficult to stay on top of 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, get in touch with Fresh Start Solutions Hobart on 1300 818 575. Alternatively, visit our website for additional information: http://freshstartsolutions.com.au/bankruptcy-hobart