Keeping houses warm every winter without breaking the bank can be challenging. In Brisbane, winter is mostly ‘only’ mild chill during the day compared to southern Australia. However, it’s not like we don’t need some extra warmth every now and then. So here are some tips from an electrician to keep your house warm and save electricity this winter.
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You shouldn’t have to rely on 24/7 heaters when it comes to keeping your house warm in winter. Imagine the hefty bills that you have to pay! There are many tips to reduce your electricity bills, and this winter, we’ll let you know more!
1. Layer Up on your Clothes
One of the easiest ways to stay warm without breaking your bank account is by layering up.
Winters in Brisbane are often quite mild. The chill of the morning sometimes heats up to a warm afternoon. School children will often wear shorts under their tracksuit pants so they can remove their tracksuit pants as the day heats up.
On the weekend or during the day at home, wearing extra layers allows you to save electricity this winter. Thermal underwear is very effective in keeping you warm and an excellent investment that will pay for itself over and over. Furthermore, you will be more comfortable. You won’t need as much bulky outerwear but still warm. Blankets and socks cost less than a month’s power, so put on plenty of layers before resorting to artificial heat.
2. Use Your Curtains and Blinds
Curtains and blinds are basically another layer of insulation, but one you can control. When the morning sun starts streaming in through your windows, let the natural heat inside without any obstruction. When it starts to cool down in the evening, close the curtains to trap the heat.
If you’re efficient enough in operating your curtains and blinds, you’ll notice quite a difference in your home’s temperature.
3. Only Heat the Rooms You Are Using
With open-plan homes, this can sometimes not be as effective as the more traditional planned homes. If you are using the ducted air-conditioning system to heat your home, hopefully you will have some zones that you do not need to heat.
If you have split systems again you can save electricity this winter by only heating the rooms that you are using. If you are using small or large electrical heaters these can be very effective in heating an area quite quickly and maintaining the temperature as well.
4. Block Drafts Using Door Snakes
You’ve all seen those little snakes people stick at the bottom of their doors. Perhaps you’ve even tripped over one? Well, they aren’t there just to annoy you, they serve a super important purpose.
A simple draft excluder can help stop warm air escaping and cold air from breaking into your room. You can get one for a crazy reasonable price at any home supplies store, and it’ll pay for itself in no time.
5. Have Short Showers
It’s winter, so you might want to stand under the hot water for as long as possible. But if you want to save electricity, you should avoid spending too much time in your bathroom. Heating hot water is responsible for about a third of energy use.
Instead of a long hot shower, have a shorter shower instead. Shorter showers mean less hot water which means less electricity. Thus meaning more money in your pocket.
6. Ensure Warm Air Can Circulate
Putting the heater on in a closed room will make you feel nice and toasty, but what happens when you need to leave that part of the house? If you tend to heat one room at a time, you could be adding to your power bill unnecessarily. Allowing warm air to move through your home means you won’t have to use as many heaters.
7. Use The Ceiling Fan
While we are used to utilising our fans in summer, few of us realise that our fans can be used in winter as well. Many modern fans have a Summer/Winter mode that can help you cool your house in summer while keeping it toasty warm in winter.
Simply switch to the winter setting to help draw the warm air from the ceiling and recirculate it around the room.
Hire a Licensed Electrician in Brisbane This Winter
If you need help with your electricity bills in Brisbane, contact Allyn White Electrical today. With over 45 years of experience in all aspects of domestic, industrial, commercial and emergency electrical work, Allyn will be able to assist with your electrical problems in Brisbane.
For a free quote by a licensed electrician call 0416 235 641 or simply complete the online enquiry form and we will call and arrange to quote your switchboard and electrical requirements. Our charge out rate remains the same during the week, weekends and after hours, so don’t hesitate to contact us today!
sources: abc.net.au, electrosystems.com.au, globeelectrical.com.au, enviouselectrical.com.au, electricitymonster.com.au