Winter is almost here and you’re probably looking for a few ways you can save on your electricity bill. Well you’re in the right place. This list showcases the top seven investments our energy experts suggest you should make if you want to reduce your electricity bill over winter. But don’t worry, they are all cost-effective and won’t break the bank! By implementing a few of these options before winter begins, you could see a significant difference in your electricity bill this winter.
Insulate floors and walls, and rug up floors
Investing in good insulation for your walls can provide instant savings of up to 20% on your heating and cooling bills. Save further by insulating your floors which can give you an estimated reduction of 5% on energy bills.
If you’re concerned about upfront costs of installing insulation, there are some quick fix alternatives available such as adding soft furnishings such as warm rugs or thick carpet. This can not only reduce the amount of heat loss but it also makes your home more cosy and comfortable, and can reduce the amount of heating you require in general.
Double glaze windows
Although soft furnishings such as curtains and blinds can be really effective at preventing some amount of heat loss (as well as keeping rooms cool and shaded in summer), double glazing is the best long term option to save money on your energy bill.
Upfront costs for double glazing can seem a bit daunting if you’re on a tight budget but shop around and get a few quotes as they can be really competitive. The savings you can see on your energy bill from having windows double glazed will be enough to convince you of the value of the investment.
Install insulating blinds or curtains
If you’re unable to invest in double glazing or you’re in rented accomodation – don’t panic! There are still ways that you can reduce heat loss from your windows and doors during the cooler winter months.
Lower cost options include laminating products which you can simply attach to existing windows – these come in a variety of shapes and sizes and it’s important to ensure they’re fitted well for maximum efficiency.
You’ll also want to make sure that all your windows and doors are covered by blinds or curtains – this is an easy, quick solution that will save you money and make your home more energy efficient straight away.
The winter nights can be cold and it’s often tempting to keep your home warm and cosy by leaving the heating on overnight. This is incredibly inefficient and can be really costly.
For a more affordable option, buy an electric blanket and keep yourself warm before you sleep. Many newer options allow you to set the blanket to turn off after a set amount of time or you can program it to come on in the morning so you won’t wake up cold.
Get a Programmable Thermostat
Getting your thermostat programmed to work efficiently for the times when you need your home kept warm is truly worth taking the time to set up. So many homes have thermostats that aren’t set to the correct timings and often homes are being kept warm even when no one is there.
Firstly, if you don’t have a thermostat that is programmable – consider switching. Once you have a model that you can program to work for you, aim to set the internal temperature of your home to between 18 and 20°C.
Think twice before cranking up the temperature too. Did you know that every degree you increase your heating by can add up to 10% on your energy usage?
Install a water-efficient showerhead
Most of us know that showers are more energy efficient than baths and can save money on your heating bills as they use less hot water. This is important as hot water usage can account for over 20% of your overall home energy bill.
To make your showers even more energy efficient, consider using a water efficient showerhead. These are easy to install and are instantly cost effective.
Get some warm clothes
It may sound like an obvious option but you need to dress for winter. The cooler weather can bring temperature drops which make us chilly during both the day and the night. Make sure that you are dressed appropriately. The warmer your clothes the less likely you are to want to switch on your heating.
Try to always wear socks indoors and add on Ugg boots or slippers if needed. You can put on a jumper or body warmer over pyjamas in the evenings and think about a big scarf to use during the day too. Cups of tea and warming soups will also help you stay warm and comfortable without keeping your home over heated.
Ready for the cold
Australian winters generally aren’t too long and once you get your home ready for the cold you can start to look forward to the cosy nights and keeping warm without the worry of a huge energy bill heading your way.
Preparation is key in getting your home ready for winter. Consider investing whatever you can into good insulation and installing features to help make your home run as efficiently as possible.