Winter Is Coming – Tips To Save Energy Usage!
Yes – we all know the temperature is starting to drop? Cooler mornings and cold nights can come as quite a shock. It can also be a rather big shock to your wallet when that first winter energy bill arrives in your inbox! Never fear though, as Billy Explores has some handy tips on how to save on energy in winter. Prepare now and get ready for those chilly nights!
Restrict Heater Usage
The number one tip to save energy usage is to not use your heater as much. Air conditioning units are the biggest energy culprits of energy use in the home. This means you’re wanting to keep usage to a minimum, especially during the winter. We know this won’t be a popular suggestion… “Billy, we just want to be warm and toasty! Please don’t tell us to turn the heaters off!”
Well, there’s actually plenty of ways you can stay warm and toasty without blasting the air conditioner 24/7.
First things first, here’s a list of things you can do now right now to start to save energy, before it gets too cold:
- Check any seals around doors and windows – this could be letting heat escape out
- Buy some cheap, but nice and comfortable warm clothes that you can lounge around the house in during the evening
- Search your house and pull out those unused blankets (you can even use sleeping bags!) Use them all around the house, on the couch and beds!
- A great investment is a hot-water bottle. This can be used instead of an electric blanky. You can even give it a big hug under your blanket when you’re chilling watching Netflix!
- A great idea to warm your insides is to make some hearty, warm soups as dinner (and plan for it!). Meal planning does save money, and it’s a great way to have a nice stock of warm soup for whenever you’re cold!
So, It’s Freezing (Literally). What if We Still Need the Heater?
Okay, we know this will happen (particularly in the alpine areas of Australia. But first, please confirm you’re in your warm comfy pjs, cuddled under your ‘warm couch blanket’, cuddling a hot water bottle? Okay you’re still cold. Here’s are some tips on using the heater in a more cost-effective way this winter.
- Try to keep the temperature about 22-23 degrees. Reasoning is, the higher the temperature, the more it will cost you in the long run.
- Make sure to close off any areas of the house that you’re not using, and only heat the areas you really need.
- Keep curtains and blinds closed.
- Billy Explores recommends trying to keep away from the cheap, electric heaters – even though they’re cheap to begin with, they actually cost a fortune to run!
Compare Energy Deals and Potentially Save!
So you’ve put the above tips into play and you’re doing doing everything you can to save energy this winter. Great! However, you still are getting bill shock and your bills are still way too high. Maybe it’s time to shop around and see if you can get a better deal. Billy Explores won’t charge you a cent to compare energy providers, but he will compare energy deals from our panel of providers to make sure you’re getting value for money. That’s a sure way to save energy and costs this winter.