15 Jun Handy tips to help you save money on your energy bills during winter!
So we’re ‘officially’ into winter and the temperatures are dropping. Time to bring out the cosy jumpers, woolly blankets and the heaters. And if history is any indicator how these things go, colder weather can mean a spike in your energy bills. During the winter months, energy consumption can on average increase up to 20%.
It will come as no surprise to know that heating during winter accounts for a whopping 40% of the total energy use in the household.
Here are some simple strategies to help you stay warm and cosy while still keeping your energy consumption down.
Quite possibly the easiest line of defence is to pop on a comfy jumper or a cosy dressing gown before being tempted to put the heater on. Wearing comfortable layers of clothing (particularly wool or fleece) and keeping your feet warm helps to insulate you and retain body heat. Dressing appropriately is very easy and will save you money on energy that would otherwise have been spent on heating.
Don’t waste energy
Try to avoid using energy when you can, and it will become a habit. It’s easy to be tempted to do the ‘quick fix’ but a perk of being in sunny Australia, is that even in winter while the temperatures may drop, the sun does still make an appearance most days. If it’s sunny outside, hang out your clothes rather than putting them in the dryer. Another top tip – try to limit the use of the heater and add some extra blankets on your bed to stay warm at night.
Put your ceiling fan into winter mode
Many ceiling fans have the capability to switch modes during summer and winter. Putting your fan into winter mode will reverse the directions of blades and moves the flow of warm air down into the room
Windows & Curtains
A significant amount of heat is lost through windows, especially during the colder months. For this reason, utilising your curtains or window coverings effectively is essential. Let the sun in during the day (particularly on the north facing windows) to heat the room and then close the coverings again just before sunset.
Winter usually means warm hearty meals and chances are some of these will be prepared in the oven. A handy trick is to leave the oven open after you’ve used it (only if it is safe to do so in your households obviously) and the remaining heat will heat the room.Another hand trick is to retain heat in the room when showering, turning the extractor fan off will allow the humidity to warm up the room.
Buy the most energy efficient heater you can afford and only heat the rooms that you use most and try not to overheat your home. In fact, the ideal temperature for the home is considered to be between 18C -20C (give or take one degree) – this is a comfortable benchmark since every degree higher that you program your heater to adds to your heating costs. Secondly, it helps to program your heater to switch on and off at specific times during the day that maximises its impact with minimal wastage. For example, setting it to switch on 20minutes before you wake up and then automatically switches off before you leave for the day or go to bed.
Reduce hot water usage
Hot water usage accounts for around 21% of your energy bill. Here are a few things that you can implement to save energy;
- Having shorter showers can result in big savings in the long run.
- Install water efficient shower heads
- Use the cold water setting on dishwashers & washing machines
These are all handy and easy to do actions that don’t take more than a few minutes and maybe a few dollars to implement.
Have all your winter saving ideas ready? Take the first step today and see them come to life in your very own home.