|September 11, 2018||0|
Personally, I find there’s nothing more discomforting than being cold. Originating from Queensland, I’m used to the heat and it doesn’t bother me much, but the cold hits me like a tonne of bricks! Like many of you, my electricity bill skyrockets during the winter season and there’s a number of reasons for this. 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 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 a great deal of money, but you’ll also minimise your carbon footprint at the same time. 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. Putting on lots of warm clothing and blankets is considerably cheaper than using electric heating. Even when 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 faster than you think!
Electric heaters are without a doubt the greatest contributor to your electricity bill over winter. Alternatively, look at 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 far more often in winter without you even acknowledging it. The lightbulbs you have mounted in your household make a sizable difference to your electricity bill, so look into switching any halogen lights for LEDs or CFLs which will save you hundreds of dollars during the course of the year.
An efficient insulation system in your home will not only keep you warmer in winter, but cooler in summer as well. Depending upon your home’s construction, you may have the opportunity to insulate your roof, walls, and floors. While home insulation does require upfront costs, the savings in electricity over the next 20 years will undoubtedly offset it.
One location where heat escapes quickly from your house are through your windows. The best approach is to get double glazing on your windows, but this can be relatively expensive so look into using thick drapes which will retain most of the heat. When the warmer months gradually arrive, just change your solid drapes for curtains which are more appropriate for warmer weather.
One of the most cost-effective ways to lower your electricity bill is to eliminate any drafts in your house. Any gaps in your doors and windows 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 couple of minutes when you’re finished to heat up your kitchen and lounge. Along with that, don’t drain the hot water in your bath straight away. Closing doors to cold rooms when you’re not using them and shutting off heating devices when you leave your home or go to sleep are all efficient ways to reduce your electricity bill.
If you’re experiencing any financial complications and finding it difficult to keep up with all your bills, it’s always best to seek financial guidance 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 Sydney on 1300 818 575. Alternatively, visit our website for more information: http://freshstartsolutions.com.au/bankruptcy-sydney