Winter is only just around the corner and with it comes cooler temperatures and a need to make the transition from cooling your home to heating it. The issue is heating your home can be expensive and as the daylight hours draw in, you’re going to have to pay more for lighting too. So just how do you lower your electricity bill in winter without sitting in the cold and the dark? Here are 5 key ways that might help.
Make sure your windows and doors are energy efficient
It’s no good paying to heat your home if the heat produced is flying straight out of your window and door frames. Even though modern, energy efficient windows and doors are expensive initially, they will save you money in the long-term, so be prepared to spend initially.
Set a temperature range on your thermostat or boiler
Let’s face it, the majority of people leave the house for work or school at around 8am and arrive back somewhere between 3-6pm. Obviously you want the house to be warm when you arrive home, but do you really want your thermostat belting out on the highest setting when you’re not there? By leaving your home on a high temperature you’re probably wasting money. If you have a programmable thermostat you might want to consider cranking it down a few degrees when you’re not there. This way the house will have the chill taken off it and be comfortable, but won’t be like walking into a furnace. Besides, if it isn’t warm enough when you arrive home, you can always boost the heat for an hour or so to get it up to temperature.
Upgrade to Adjustable or LED lighting and lower your electricity bill
Energy saving light bulbs make a big difference in energy costs to your home. You can also purchase adjustable light bulbs that let you reduce the wattage emitted if the room is too light. Many bulbs can also be connected to your network and be controlled by smartphone tablet or PC
Maintain optimum running
Boilers and HVAC systems need regular servicing so that they operate to their optimum potential. When they don’t, they can cost up to twice as much to run. By calling out experienced companies such as Brisbane Plumbing and Drainage to maintain and fix your hot water systems or Static Electrics to service your HVAC, we’ll see to it that your equipment is running at optimum capacity at all times and won’t let you down.
Teach good habits
Finally, the main game changer when it comes to making winter savings and to lower your electricity bill is to instil good habits. It’s important to teach your children to switch off lighting when they leave the room, or make sure they close the fridge door after they’ve helped themselves to a snack; or not to leave the TV on stand-by when they’ve finished watching. All these relatively simple behaviour changes will add up and ultimately save you money.
If you’re considering making your home more energy efficient then why not talk to us about conducting an energy efficiency survey. To find out more contact Static Electrics on 07 5445 8305 today and be one step ahead this coming winter.