|September 11, 2018||0|
Personally, I find there’s nothing worse than being cold. Originating from Queensland, I’m used to the heat 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 months and there’s a few reasons why. Not only are we using heating systems to keep us warm and toasty, 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 household more energy efficient. Not only will you save heaps of money, but you’ll also decrease your carbon footprint at the same time. Recent studies reveal that during winter, 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 far cheaper than using electric heating. Even if you have central heating, adjust the temperature to a level 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 greatest contributor to your electricity bill over winter. Alternatively, 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 far more often in winter without you even knowing it. The lightbulbs you have set up at home make a huge difference to your electricity bill, so contemplate switching 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 have the ability to insulate your walls, roof, and floors. While home insulation does entail upfront costs, the savings in electricity over the next five years will certainly offset it.
One place where heat escapes quickly from your home are through your windows. The best method is to get double glazing on your windows, but this can be relatively costly so look into using thick drapes which will preserve most of the heat. When the warmer months eventually arrive, just switch your thick drapes for curtains which are more suitable for warmer weather.
One of the most economical ways to lower your electricity bill is to eliminate any drafts in your house. Any gaps in your windows and doors will make it possible for warm air to escape and cool air to enter. Look at 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. In addition, don’t drain the hot water in your bath immediately. Shutting doors to cold rooms when you’re not using them and turning off heating devices when you leave the house or go to bed are all efficient ways to cut down on your electricity bill.
If you’re experiencing any financial trouble and finding it difficult to keep up with all your bills, it’s always best to seek financial help as quickly as possible. The sooner you act, the more solutions are available to you, so if you need any help with your finances, consult Fresh Start Solutions Darwin on 1300 818 575. Alternatively, visit our website for further information: https://freshstartsolutions.com.au/bankruptcy-darwin