Personally, I find there’s nothing worse than being cold. Coming from Queensland, I’m used to the stiffling sun and it doesn’t trouble me too much, but the cold hits me like a tonne of bricks! Like many of you, my electricity bill soars during the cold weather and there’s a couple of reasons for this. Not only are we using heating systems to keep us warm and cozy, but the nights are longer so generally we use more lighting during winter.

 

With the prices of electricity currently soaring in Australia, this winter is the ideal time to make your household more energy efficient. Not only will you save a great deal of money, but you’ll also cut down on 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.

 

Rug up

One of the best ways to save money this winter is to dress for the occasion. Wearing lots of warm clothing and blankets is dramatically cheaper than using electric heating. Even when you have central heating, adjust 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 expect!

 

Heating systems

Electric heaters are undeniably the most significant contributor to your electricity bill during winter. As a substitute, contemplate using a gas heater or a fireplace which have the advantage of warming rooms quicker than electric heaters but use far less electricity.

 

Lighting

With longer and darker nights, lighting is used far more frequently in winter without you even acknowledging it. The lightbulbs you have set up at home make a dramatic difference to your electricity bill, so contemplate changing any halogen lights for LEDs or CFLs which will save you hundreds of dollars during the course of the year.

 

Insulation

A dependable insulation system in your house will not only keep you warmer in winter, but cooler in summer also. Depending on your home’s building materials, you may have the capacity to insulate your floors, roof, and walls. Although home insulation does require upfront costs, the savings in electricity over the next 15 years will most certainly offset it.

 

Windows

One area where heat escapes quickly from your house are through your windows. The best strategy is to get double glazing on your windows, but this can be quite expensive so look at using thick drapes which will retain most of the heat. When the warmer months inevitably arrive, just substitute your solid drapes for curtains which are more appropriate.

 

Eliminate drafts

One of the most economical ways to reduce your electricity bill is to eliminate any drafts in your home. Any spaces in your windows and doors will make it possible for warm air to escape and cool air to get in. Think about 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 heat up your kitchen and lounge. Additionally, 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 products when you leave your home or go to sleep are all sensible ways to minimise your electricity bill.

 

If you’re experiencing any financial problems and finding it challenging to stay up to date with all your bills, it’s always best to seek financial help as soon as possible. The sooner you act, the more options are available to you, so if you need any support with your finances, reach out to Bankruptcy Experts Rockingham on 1300 795 575. Alternatively, visit our website for further information: www.bankruptcyexpertsrockingham.com.au