Personally, I find there’s nothing worse than being cold. Hailing from Queensland, I’m used to the stiffling 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 few reasons for this. Not only are we using heating appliances 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 perfect time to make your house more energy efficient. Not only will you save heaps of money, but you’ll also cut down on your carbon footprint too. 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 far cheaper than using electric heating. Even when 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 faster than you imagine!
Electric heaters are undoubtedly the biggest contributor to your electricity bill throughout winter. Instead, look at using a gas heater or a fireplace which have the advantage of warming rooms faster than electric heaters but use far less electricity.
With longer and darker nights, lighting is used far more frequently in winter without you even knowing it. The lightbulbs you have set up in your home make a dramatic 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.
A reliable insulation system in your household will not only keep you warmer in winter, but cooler in summer too. Depending upon your home’s building materials, you may have the opportunity to insulate your walls, roof, and floors. Whilst home insulation does involve upfront costs, the savings in electricity over the next 10 years will undoubtedly offset it.
One area 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 relatively expensive so think about using thick drapes which will retain most of the heat. When the warmer months inevitably arrive, just change your thick drapes for curtains which are more appropriate for warmer weather.
One of the most cost-effective ways to minimise your electricity bill is to get rid of any drafts in your household. Any gaps in your windows and doors will enable warm air to escape and cool air to enter. Look into 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 warm 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 turning off heating products when you leave your house or go to sleep are all simple ways to lower your electricity bill.
If you’re experiencing any financial difficulties and finding it difficult to stay on top of all your bills, it’s always best to seek financial assistance as quickly as possible. The sooner you act, the more solutions are available to you, so if you need any support with your finances, talk with Bankruptcy Australia on 1300 795 575. Alternatively, visit our website for more information: www.bankruptcy-australia.net.au