Well it was along time coming (and I’m sure I’m not the only one who thoroughly enjoyed the extended warm weather this year) but Winter has finally hit – like a slap in face with a snowflake! It’s bleak, wet, miserable and cold here on the Central Coast brrrrrrr.
In many households, staying warm in winter means cranking the air con or heating and escaping the elements in the toasty warmth of the indoors. Unfortunately, with the additional power usage (lights are on longer because it’s darker earlier, electric blankets are on, heating is running 24/7, showers are longer because it’s too cold to turn the water off etc etc) also comes the shock of an unbelievably high power bill at the end of the season.
A useful article we stumbled across on homesales.com.au outlines some hand hints to keep the energy bills down and avoid the bill shock.
Winter proof your home to save on energy costs
winter-proofing your home may be just what you need to save some dollars and a whole lot of financial stress.
Consider your lighting
Winter’s darkness means our lights are switched on earlier, so to compensate for the extra electricity usage, ensure you’ve switched halogen bulbs to energy efficient LEDs and be extra vigilant to switch off unnecessary lights.
Using solar powered lights outside your home is a great way to increase security and assist in the frantic key search that takes place outside the front door.
Step away from the clothes dryer
With cold, wet weather comes the temptation to throw every load of washing into the dryer.
Where possible, hang
clothes on the clothesline to avoid dryer running costs.
Air dry clothes as much as possible before running them through the dryer.
When twenty minutes in a hot, steam-filled shower seems like the only way to
defrost after a cold day, spare a thought for the energy bill.
Limit showers to four minutes and install a water-saver showerhead.
Always check the water efficiency rating on products and opt for those with a star rating of at least four.
Put an end to unnecessary heating
When using heaters or air conditioning, close doors of bedrooms to concentrate the heating to the main areas where it is needed.
During winter, it is recommended that the thermostat is set between 18 and 20 degrees.
Adding another layer of clothing.
Source: Read the full article here homesales.com.au