The wind chill isn’t the only thing that leaves Australians feeling the pinch. Around the country, gas and electricity bills skyrocket in the colder months, making winter a taxing time on both our bodies and our wallets. The increases make sense: we spend a colossal 38% of our overall home energy use on water heating, with a further 16% on heating and cooling. However, you don’t have to be left in the cold to save money. By just implementing some simple changes, you can save some serious cash on your energy bills. We’ve compiled some of the more genius energy saving tips here so you can have more money to splurge on that potential winter getaway.
1. Wear layers
It’s time to harden up around the home! We know our home should be our castle, but it’s a bit extravagant to be walking around in underwear inside when it’s single digits out. You don’t have to go to the extreme of wearing coats and scarves around your abode, but by just popping a jumper on can be the difference between wanting to turn on the heater or not.
2. Buy some snakes- some door snakes!
Draughts from poorly sealed windows and doors can account for up to 25% of heat loss in the colder months. Block that draught under your doors with a door snake which can be purchased from local opportunity stores, craft markets or if you’re after some quirkier designs– online.
3. Wash your clothes in cold water
By just washing your clothes in cold water during the winter months you can save a lot of money! It costs a whopping $107 to run a washing machine on hot water per year, compared to the much smarter cold wash annual fee of just $27. By switching to cold water, you can use the energy saved from there to heat your home- or better still- bank it for that winter getaway!
4. Turn the thermostat down
It’s recommended to set the thermostat to 20 degrees. Every degree above this could add 10% to your energy bill! With most people setting their heating to about 24 degrees, try one degree lower- you may not even feel the difference.
5. Buy a humidifier
Moist air not only feels warmer, it holds the heat in. Investing in a humidifier will make your home feel more comfortable when that thermostat is set at the lower temperature.
6. INVEST IN A GOOD DOONA
Duvets, doonas, quilts, comforters- whatever you call them, make sure you do your homework and invest in a good one. A good duvet may cost much more than your normal high street brand doona, but the insulating benefits will pay for itself in terms of lower energy bills. If possible, go with a duvet with a high down percentage- down acts as an insulator, trapping body heat underneath. When your body temperature sits at a cosy 37 degrees, there’s no need for that heater on at night!
7. Let the light in
There are occasional sunny days in winter, sometimes when you’re least expecting! Keep an eye on the weather so you can let the glorious winter sun in that will act as a natural heater for your home. Just make sure you get home before it gets dark as temperatures drop rapidly at night in winter.
8. Compare energy providers
Have you compared electricity and gas providers to see if you’re getting the best deal on your winter energy bills? In most parts of Australia, there’s a range of retailers offering competitive prices. You may be paying more under a provider that is unnecessary, so compare today to keep those winter bills low.