Save on Energy Costs this Autumn and Winter
Whether you’re hoping to ease your impact on the planet or just save a few dollars, reducing energy can help. In a recent survey 10% of renters said that utilities are their biggest monthly expense, coming in third after rent and groceries.
Heating your home in the colder months can be the key cause of those big utility bills. Luckily making some easy adjustments in your home can dramatically reduce how much you spend on energy.
Here are some tips to reduce energy consumption while still maintaining a comfortable temperature in your home.
- Open curtains on your south-facing windows during the day to allow sunlight to naturally heat your home and close them at night to reduce the chill you may feel from cold windows
- Minimise the space you heat, the time you heat if for and the temperature setting on your heater.
- Lower your heater’s thermostat by 1 degree Celsius and reduce energy use by 10%
- Reduce the time you heat by one hour a day and save up to 90 hours of heating over winter.
- Insulate your home. High insulation levels (R4+ ceiling, R2+ walls), and insulating window coverings, will reduce heating bills and pay for themselves over time.
- Reduce heat loss by sealing cracks, install draught sealing tape around doors and windows and using door stoppers.
- Hot water heating uses a lot of energy – if you have a tank make sure it’s set no higher than 60 degrees Celsius. If replacing, consider solar or instant hot water heaters.
- Replace all lighting with compact fluorescent (CFL) globes or LEDs which use ¼ or less electricity than incandescent bulbs and last much longer.