As the weather gets colder you might find yourself using more energy to keep your home warm, and the essentials running. To avoid large bills there are some simple tips and tricks that you can use to make your home more energy efficient this winter.
1. Let the sun in during the day
Just like your roof the sun is a fantastic source of free heat inside your home. By opening your curtains and blinds during the daytime, you take advantage of the greenhouse effect and allow the sun to naturally heat your home.
2. Close the curtains in the afternoon
Windows can cause a large amount of heat to escape. Close your curtains in the afternoon to trap in the heat. Consider purchasing energy efficient curtains to maximize the energy efficiency of your home.
3. Eliminate drafts
Heat the room that you are in and close the doors off to the rest of your house. This will mean that less heat will escape and there won’t be any drafts in the room that you are in.
4. Reset your hot water thermostat
Your water heater heats water to a set temperature, then maintains that temperature 24/7. That means that your water heater just cycles on and off, continually reheating water to that temperature, whether you use it or not. Just setting the temperature on your water heater a few degrees cooler can save you a couple dollars on your energy bills. Please note your thermostat needs to be set at 60C or above.
5. If you are using an oven leave the door ajar
After you have used your oven for cooking leave the door ajar so some of the heat can transfer to the rest of the room. Heating a room with an oven isn’t energy efficient, however if you are already using it already then making the most of this excess energy just makes sense.
6. Lower the temperature in your home
Lowering the temperature in your homes heating by even a couple of degrees can result in long term savings. You likely won’t notice the change in temperature but will notice the impact on your wallet
7. Swap out lighting for LED’s
Changes in lighting is one of the biggest impacts you can make to your home’s energy use. LEDs use up to 75% less energy and last 25 times longer than a standard lightbulb. Pretty clever, right?
8. Avoid running a second fridge
Using the food in your fridge and avoiding running a second fridge will cut down on your energy bill. Have a think about what you can take in and out of the fridge - like soft drinks, or butter, to make a difference to your power bill.
9. Use a cold wash whenever you can
Believe it or not most washing machines come standard with a hot wash. Using a cold wash saves the washing machine from needing to use energy to heat up the water that is being used. An easy change with little impact on the end result.
10. Only fill up the kettle with the water you need
Most of us have a habit of filling the jug right up to the top. By filling up the jug with less water you won’t need as much energy to heat the water inside the jug, plus it will boil faster.