|September 11, 2018||4|
Personally, I find there’s nothing more discomforting than being cold. Hailing from Queensland, I’m used to the hot weather and it doesn’t worry me 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 number of reasons for this. Not only are we using heating products to keep us warm and cozy, 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 ideal time to make your home more energy efficient. Not only will you save lots of money, but you’ll also reduce your carbon footprint at the same time. Recent studies reveal that during the colder 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 significantly cheaper than utilising electric heating. Even when you have central heating, change 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 suspect!
Electric heaters are most certainly the main contributor to your electricity bill over winter. As an alternative, look into using a gas heater or a fireplace which have the benefit of warming rooms faster than electric heaters but use far less electricity.
With longer and darker nights, lighting is used much more often in winter without you even knowing it. The lightbulbs you have installed at home make a substantial difference to your electricity bill, so look into changing any halogen lights for LEDs or CFLs which will save you hundreds of dollars during the year.
An effective insulation system in your residence will not only keep you warmer in winter, but cooler in summer as well. Depending upon your home’s building materials, you may be able to insulate your floors, walls, and roof. Whilst home insulation does involve upfront costs, the savings in electricity over the next five years will surely offset it.
One area where heat escapes quickly from your residence are through your windows. The best technique is to get double glazing on your windows, but this can be somewhat expensive so consider using solid drapes which will preserve most of the heat. When the warmer months eventually arrive, just substitute your thick drapes for curtains which are more suitable for warmer weather.
One of the most practical ways to reduce your electricity bill is to get rid of any drafts in your home. Any spaces in your windows and doors will allow 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 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 done 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 switching off heating devices when you leave your home or go to bed are all practical ways to cut down on your electricity bill.
If you’re experiencing any financial trouble and finding it hard to stay on top of all your bills, it’s always best to seek financial guidance as soon as possible. The sooner you act, the more options are available to you, so if you need any assistance with your finances, speak with Fresh Start Solutions Canberra on 1300 818 575. Alternatively, visit our website for more information: https://freshstartsolutions.com.au/bankruptcy-canberra