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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 skyrockets through the cold weather and there’s a couple of reasons why. Not only are we using heating units 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 ideal time to make your residence more energy efficient. Not only will you save heaps of money, but you’ll also minimise your carbon footprint at the same time. Recent studies indicate that during the colder months, 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. Putting on plenty of warm clothing and blankets is substantially 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 imagine!

 

Heaters

Electric heaters are without a doubt the biggest contributor to your electricity bill over winter. Instead, look at 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 much more often in winter without you even knowing it. The lightbulbs you have set up in your household make a huge 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.

 

Insulation

A reliable insulation system in your household will not only keep you warmer in winter, but cooler in summer too. Based on your home’s construction, you may have the ability to insulate your floors, walls, and roof. Whilst home insulation does involve upfront costs, the savings in electricity over the next 10 years will undeniably offset it.

 

Windows

One area where heat escapes quickly from your household are through your windows. The best solution is to get double glazing on your windows, but this can be rather expensive so consider using solid drapes which will retain most of the heat. When the warmer months gradually arrive, just replace your solid drapes for curtains which are more suitable.

 

Eradicate drafts

One of the most cost-effective ways to decrease your electricity bill is to get rid of any drafts in your household. Any spaces 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 done to heat up your kitchen and lounge. Moreover, 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 appliances when you leave your home or go to bed are all simple ways to cut down on your electricity bill.

 

If you’re experiencing any financial challenges and finding it challenging 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 choices are available to you, so if you need any assistance with your finances, phone Bankruptcy Experts Gladstone on 1300 795 575. Alternatively, visit our website for further information: www.bankruptcyexpertsgladstone.com.au

 

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