Many of us watch our energy bills creep up during the peak of winter - however a warmer household doesn’t need to result in a blown out energy bill.
Naturally some of our winter favourites (heaters, electric blankets and long, hot showers) chew through a bunch of kilowatts. But there’s no need to accept bigger bills as inevitable and a few small changes can go a long way.
Light bulbs that change colour with the tap of an app, coffee machines you can talk to, and ovens that know exactly how long to cook your food – smart homes are no longer a thing of the past. They’re here and a powerful way to reduce your energy usage during the colder months.
These devices optimize your energy use by only heating your home when you’re there, or when you’re awake to enjoy it.
The Nest Thermostat for example, automatically adjusts the temperature after users set it manually for the first few days to establish usage patterns and preferences - mind blown!
upgrade to energy efficient appliances
Did you know your household appliances generally account for over 30% of your energy bill? The older the appliance is, the more likely it is to burn through large amounts of energy and increase that dollar-figure on your bill.
In Australia, most household appliances are rated according to their energy efficiency. Since efficient appliances use less electricity, they’re way cheaper to run. If your winter power bill has been getting out of hand the last few years, replacing any appliances you’ve had since the ‘90s with newer, more efficient models can make a huge difference to your energy costs.
While you might be tempted to purchase cheaper appliances, they’re probably the highest in terms of energy consumption. Spend a little more now on an energy-efficient model of the same capacity and you’ll save plenty in the long run
add a layer before raising the temperature
It seems like a no brainer, but always remember to add an extra layer of clothing before reaching for the thermostat. Encourage family members to use throws on the couch, wear socks, and stay warm with additional layers.
Other ways to stay cozy without burning through unnecessary energy include hot water bottles, or a nice warm beverage.
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switch to energy efficient light bulbs
Switching your old lightbulbs for modern compact fluorescent (CFL) or (LED) bulbs is another way to chip away and reduce your winter energy usage.
These efficient bulbs use less power to produce the same amount of light, and also last longer than traditional bulbs. The savings from swapping these bulbs alone aren't massive, but remember, every little bit adds up and these can add up to significant savings over time when you’re powering a large household.