30 Jun Tips to Keep Your Utility Bills Low During Wintertime
Modern living is highly dependent on electricity and we use energy to cool our homes in the summer and heat our homes in winter. Either way, we end up using a significant amount of money of utility bills right through the year.
When the temperatures dip it is but normal for us to turn up the air conditioning by a few degrees when we are at home. We may also use space heaters in certain areas of our homes and end up using more hot water as well. This makes it almost impossible to keep a handle on our utility bills during the winter months.
So, is there nothing we can do to make sure that we are able to cut costs in some way or the other? Well, there sure are a number of ways in which you can increase the energy-efficiency of your home; here are some tips that will help you stay warm in your home, and use the appliances you need, without breaking the bank:
Turn off excess lights
This is one of the simplest things you can do to reduce your electricity bills in the winter. You should make use of natural light and keep the blinds open for a large part of the day. This will bring in more warmth into your home and you will find that you don’t have to run the HVAC system at higher temperatures, at least during the daytime.
Use energy-efficient products
LED bulbs offer 80% energy efficiency and throw cool light. This means there is less heat in the indoor spaces and the air conditioning system doesn’t have to work overtime to mitigate the heat emitted by regular bulbs.
While the upfront costs of these bulbs are higher than standard bulbs, they last for a very long time and provide value for money in the long term. However, if you replace all the bulbs in your home with LED bulbs, you will notice a significant reduction in your electricity bills.
Aside from LED bulbs, when you are buying any new appliances for your home, it’s also a good idea to invest in energy-rated ones. These will help reduce your electricity bills right through the year.
Use space heaters or window heaters
When compared to centralised HVAC systems, compact space heaters are far more energy-efficient. Try using these for at least some part of the day and switch to air conditioning when the weather is too cold. These space heaters can be used in smaller rooms such as a study or home office area; you will still be able to maintain a comfortable and warm indoor temperature without having to pay very high electricity bills.
Invest in zoning systems
When you have a centralised HVAC system in your home, there are times when some rooms continue to be heated even when they are unoccupied. When you get a zoned air conditioning system, you can control which room should be heated and which shouldn’t. And so, when you are asleep in your bedrooms at night, you can shut down the heating in the living room.
Automate your thermostat
Thermostats have automatic timer setting functions and you can set these to switch off the system when you aren’t at home. You will find it makes a significant difference to your utility bills.
For any questions about energy-efficient measures you can adopt in your home, or any of our electrical services, you can consult with our experts and they will provide you the best advice and quotes for all your electrical installation needs. You can call us at 1300 169 263 or write to us at this email address.
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