|September 11, 2018||5|
Personally, I find there’s nothing worse than being cold. Originating from Queensland, I’m used to the stiffling sun and it doesn’t trouble me too much, but the cold hits me like a tonne of bricks! Like many of you, my electricity bill soars during the cold weather and there’s a few reasons why. Not only are we using heating systems to keep us warm and comfortable, 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 home more energy efficient. Not only will you save a great deal of money, but you’ll also cut down on your carbon footprint as well. Recent studies reveal 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 much cheaper than using electric heating. Even if you have central heating, set 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 think!
Electric heaters are unquestionably the leading contributor to your electricity bill during winter. Alternatively, look at using a gas heater or a fireplace which have the benefit of warming rooms quicker than electric heaters but use far less electricity.
With longer and darker nights, lighting is used far more often in winter without you even knowing it. The lightbulbs you have mounted at home make a considerable difference to your electricity bill, so contemplate switching any halogen lights for LEDs or CFLs which will save you hundreds of dollars throughout the year.
A reliable insulation system in your residence will not only keep you warmer in winter, but cooler in summer as well. Depending on your home’s construction, you may have the capacity to insulate your floors, walls, and roof. Even though home insulation does require upfront costs, the savings in electricity over the next 10 years will most certainly make up for it.
One spot where heat escapes rapidly from your residence are through your windows. The best approach is to get double glazing on your windows, but this can be somewhat costly so contemplate 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 appropriate.
One of the most economical ways to reduce your electricity bill is to get rid of 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 get in. Think about 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. In addition, 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 appliances when you leave your house or go to sleep are all sensible ways to reduce your electricity bill.
If you’re experiencing any financial complications and finding it difficult to keep track of all your bills, it’s always best to seek financial guidance as quickly as possible. The sooner you act, the more solutions are available to you, so if you need any advice with your finances, speak to Fresh Start Solutions on 1300 818 575. Alternatively, visit our website for additional information: http://freshstartsolutions.com.au