Personally, I find there’s nothing more discomforting than being cold. Originating from Queensland, I’m used to the humid sun and it doesn’t worry me too much, but the cold hits me like a tonne of bricks! Like many of you, my electricity bill soars during the winter months and there’s a number of reasons why. Not only are we using heating products to keep us warm and toasty, but the nights are longer so generally we use more lighting during winter.
With the cost of electricity already soaring in Australia, this winter is the perfect time to make your home more energy efficient. Not only will you save loads of money, but you’ll also minimise 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. Wearing loads of warm clothing and blankets is drastically cheaper than utilising electric heating. Even if you have central heating, set 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 suspect!
Electric heaters are undoubtedly the greatest contributor to your electricity bill during winter. As an alternative, consider 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 much more frequently in winter without you even realising it. The lightbulbs you have installed in your house make a huge difference to your electricity bill, so consider switching any halogen lights for LEDs or CFLs which will save you hundreds of dollars during the course of the year.
A reliable insulation system in your home will not only keep you warmer in winter, but cooler in summer also. Depending upon your home’s construction, you may have the opportunity to insulate your walls, roof, and floors. Whilst home insulation does entail upfront costs, the savings in electricity over the next 15 years will undeniably make up for it.
One location where heat escapes rapidly from your house are through your windows. The best technique is to get double glazing on your windows, but this can be pretty costly so contemplate using thick drapes which will preserve most of the heat. When the warmer months inevitably arrive, just replace your thick drapes for curtains which are more suitable.
One of the most practical ways to decrease your electricity bill is to get rid of any drafts in your house. Any gaps in your windows and doors will allow 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 few minutes when you’re finished to warm up your kitchen and lounge. Moreover, don’t drain the hot water in your bath immediately. 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 easy ways to cut down on your electricity bill.
If you’re experiencing any financial challenges and finding it tough to keep track of all your bills, it’s always best to seek financial assistance as soon as possible. The sooner you act, the more solutions are available to you, so if you need any help with your finances, phone Gold Coast Bankruptcy Centre on 1300 795 575. Alternatively, visit our website for further information: www.goldcoastbankruptcycentre.com.au