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How to prepare your home for winter energy bills

Thu March 30, 2017

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All good things must come to an end, and the Australian summer is one of them. As the days begin to shorten and temperatures creep downwards, many of us find our power bills tend to creep upwards in a similar fashion.

Whether you're a renter or a home owner in Sydney, winter power bills make the season a little less enjoyable for everyone. However, don't give in to the winter blues, there are many cost-saving solutions to stay warm without bumping up your power bills each month.

1. Cut back and switch off

Installing a water-efficient shower head can save up to $380 a year on energy and water.

Enjoying an extra long hot shower is that much more satisfying during the colder months, but it can cause a spike in your winter water and energy bills. Installing a water-efficient shower head can save up to $380 a year on energy and water, says the Australian government, so it might be a good idea to make the switch.

During winter, it can be tempting to forgo the clothesline and exclusively use the dryer. However, the Australian government estimates households can save up to $79 a year by using the clothes line once per week. When you get a spot of good weather during winter, make sure you use it.

Added up, making these changes could save you hundreds of dollars on your energy bill per year, and contribute to removing the extra burden winter places on your energy expenditure. If you've recently moved into a property, it might pay to consult with the experts about what to expect from your energy bill so that you can start making savings right away.

Let the light in during winter to heat up the home.Let the light in during winter to heat up the home.

2. Stay warm without turning on heat

As temperatures drop, you can resist the urge to turn up the heat by adopting free ways to keep warm and stop heat escaping your home (that don't include just wearing warmer clothes):

  • Combat pesky draughts by laying a towel or draught-stopper between the cracks to stop cold air coming in. On that note, close doors to rooms you're not using, particularly colder rooms like bathrooms, laundries and garages that suck heat from the rest of your home.
  • Turn off heating overnight. If you get cold, grab a blanket rather than turn on the electric blanket. Running heating throughout the night is a monumental waste of energy, especially if you're not conscious of noticing the change in temperature.
  • When the sun's shining, make the most of the passive heat and open curtains wide to let as much of it in as possible. Just make sure to shut them again when the day ends, otherwise it'll do the reverse.

3. Upgrade appliances

Inefficient household appliances suck up much more energy than you realise. For example, having a second fridge in the garage is great for when it's needed, but if the fridge is older than your house, it might be doing more harm than good. Fridges have seen a huge rise in efficiency over the last few years, and can cost over a hundred dollars more to run compared to a new fridge, reports the Washington Post.

Even if it's in relatively good condition, getting rid of an unneeded second fridge can save people around $172 per year, says the Australian government.

Homeowners and renters alike should be regularly comparing energy deals with their household needs.

4. Consider switching provider

With the onset of winter, perhaps it's time to asses if you're making the most out of your current power provider? Allianz Insurance recommends homeowners and renters alike should be regularly comparing energy deals with their household needs, to make sure they're using the best deal available. Understanding your energy habits and use, such as when you're most likely to be using electricity, can help you find deals that best suit your lifestyle which can save you money in the long run.

To find out more, get in touch with the team at Laing+Simmons today.

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