Brrrr hello, June and hello to the start of winter and the cold, cold days…. It’s the time of year where most South Australians would be pleased with escaping to somewhere warmer.
But, alas life doesn’t always give us what we want and often we need to tough out the colder months. Keeping your home warm and cozy might be at the top of your list of priorities this winter period, but the thought of massive power, gas or firewood bill might leave you a little less excited.
So how do we keep our homes warm, but efficient?
Well, here are some tips.
Keep the temperature down
If you are running reverse cycle heating or split cycle, adopt the habit of lowering the temperature on your thermostat. Dropping the temp by just three to five degrees will reduce your monthly utility bill and use less energy. Running your temperature for shorter periods on a higher heat will cost you more than running at a lower temperature such as 21degrees.
Seal All Windows
Go the extra mile by sealing the air leaks in and around the windows in your home. If your windows are drafty, consider adding weather-stripping around the frames. Add a bead of silicone caulk over any cracks in your drywall.
This is a low cost and effective way to keep your house warmer.
Although solar panels aren’t exactly cheap, they’re becoming a popular way to heat hot water and generate electricity for homes. Solar panels have many benefits! They help you save money on energy bills in the long run, promote lower fossil fuel usage and may help you qualify for annual tax incentives.
Unplug Unused Chargers and turn off power points
Mobile phone and battery chargers that are plugged in but not in use are often referred to as energy vampires. Alone, one charger won’t make much impact, but collectively energy vampires can be responsible for 10% of your energy bill.
So, unplug your chargers when not in use. Turn off switches at the socket and turn off lights in rooms when you walk out of them.
These are just a few energy saving tips to keep you warm and toasty this winter, but hopefully not with a massive power bill at the end of it.