When winter comes around, the magnitude of our electricity and energy bills always seem to come as a surprise, and a shock. However, it is only ourselves to blame since we do not always conserve the energy we have in effective ways. If you want to conserve more energy at home, here are some useful tips to reduce your bills considerably:
- Install a fireplace
Installing a wood burning fireplace gives central heat to a home without the use of electricity. By using your fireplace more than your ducted heating, you will dramatically reduce your electric bills during the winter season. Plus, having a fireplace is a great way to improve the value of your home.
- Seal the windows
Seal the windows and your doors with a waterproof sealant, because a lot of energy is lost through the cracks of the doors and windows. What this will mean is that you will have to run your fireplace longer to ensure heat remains in your living space, costing you far more than it needs to.
- Close the curtains
When cold air enters and warm air escapes, the energy lost will have to be compensated by adding more heat to the room. This will undoubtedly increase your energy costs. So keep your curtains and blinds closed.
- Use solar power for hot water
Installing solar power panels in your home for the use of hot water may be a once-off expense, but in the long-run, you will save immensely on your electricity bills. Similarly, a gas log fire will also save you on your heating expenses in the long term.
- Have shorter showers
Yes, we all love a long shower, especially in winter. However, the cost of the water from your hot water service will run up your electricity bill drastically. Consider showering faster and you could save on the hot water bill during these coming winter months.
These are a few tips to get you going. Of course, there are many more! The underlying message is that we need to be more energy-conscious in Australia, not just for the benefit of reducing our monthly bills, but also for the sake of reducing our impact on the environment and the depletion of our natural resources.
If you would like any more information about getting the most use out of your fireplace, or if you’re looking to install one, find your nearest Quadra-fire distributor today.