As we head into winter and the temperatures drop into the single (and even negative) digits, it’s common to feel like your power bill gets out of control. Here are a few simple ways we use at home to tame our winter bills.
1. Layer up
In our home we always add an extra layer of warm clothing before switching on the heating – my record so far is 3 jumpers and a big cosy blanket on the bed (I’m a big softie)!
2. Be wisely warm
We try to only heat the spaces that we need – many people try and heat the whole house despite not using all the rooms. To save even more, use your heater’s timer and thermostat functions or get a cheap plug socket timer from your hardware store so you don’t leave heaters running longer than needed.
3. Turn it down a tadge
The temptation to crank up the heater to its max can be strong, especially coming in from a wet and blustery day, but even turning your heating down by only 1 degree can help you save a lot – We did this on a panel heater in an open plan living room and it saved us up to $7.50 a day!
4. Think longer term
If you are looking at buying a heater, go for the highest efficiency one for your budget and make sure it is the right size for the room it’s intended to heat. Buying a cheap heater will usually cost you more in the long run due to the amount of power they consume. Take a look at this handy guide which compares the cost of different heating types.
5. Time the towel rail
A snuggly heated towel is hard to beat in winter, but it can be tricky to remember to turn them off once they’ve done their job. Did you know a heated towel rail left on 24/7 can add around $170 to your bill a year? Getting a sparky to swap the switch to a timed version can be an easy fix. It'll help the environment too!
6. Let light in
Open your blinds/curtains (especially north facing windows) during the day to let the sun help heat your rooms, then close them when the sun goes down to trap in the warmth.
7. Manage the moisture
Make sure you are using extractor fans for cooking, showering and drying laundry to remove moisture from inside your home. And although it might seem counter-intuitive in winter, open your windows for a bit on sunnier days to air out your home. A dry home will feel warmer than a damp home at the same temperature and will be healthier to live in too.