|September 11, 2018||75|
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 bother me too much, but the cold hits me like a tonne of bricks! Like many of you, my electricity bill soars during 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 naturally 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 plenty of money, but you’ll also lower your carbon footprint at the same time. Recent studies illustrate 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. Putting on plenty of warm clothing and blankets is much cheaper than using electric heating. Even if you have central heating, change 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 imagine!
Electric heaters are undeniably the greatest contributor to your electricity bill over winter. Alternatively, consider 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 set up in your house make a significant difference to your electricity bill, so look into changing any halogen lights for LEDs or CFLs which will save you hundreds of dollars throughout the year.
An effective insulation system in your house will not only keep you warmer in winter, but cooler in summer too. Based on your home’s building materials, you may have the ability to insulate your roof, walls, and floors. Even though home insulation does include upfront costs, the savings in electricity over the next 10 years will surely make up for it.
One place where heat escapes rapidly from your residence are through your windows. The best method is to get double glazing on your windows, but this can be rather expensive so consider using thick drapes which will retain most of the heat. When the warmer months eventually arrive, just replace your thick drapes for curtains which are more suitable for warmer weather.
Get rid of drafts
One of the most economical ways to reduce your electricity bill is to eliminate any drafts in your home. Any gaps in your windows and doors will make it possible for 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 bit of 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 warm up your kitchen and lounge. Furthermore, don’t drain the hot water in your bath straight away. Closing doors to cold rooms when you’re not using them and turning off heating units when you leave the house or go to sleep are all practical ways to reduce your electricity bill.
If you’re experiencing any financial trouble and finding it hard to stay up to date with all your bills, it’s always best to seek financial assistance as soon as possible. The sooner you act, the more choices are available to you, so if you need any help with your finances, speak with Fresh Start Solutions Perth on 1300 818 575. Alternatively, visit our website for more information: https://freshstartsolutions.com.au/bankruptcy-perth