8 Tips to Lower Your Electricity Bill This Winter

As the temperature outside begins to drop, many Melbournians may see an increase in their monthly electricity bills. However, by making a few simple adjustments around your home and your heating system usage, you can avoid the yearly surge during the winter months. Moreover, it also doesn’t mean that you will spend most of the time shivering through the cold months.

Tips to Lower Your Electricity Bill

As the temperature starts to drop down in Melbourne, we find ourselves spending more time at home, which means we often end up cranking the gas heating system and using more energy. That’s why it is vital to explore energy-saving options. The most important step in lowering your heating bills is to use the most energy-efficient heater possible and keep the heat in – don’t let it go out.

Read More: All You Need to Know About Gas Ducted Heating In Melbourne

How To Lower Electric Bill This Winter

So, here are the most effective tips for lowering your energy bills this winter without the need for cranking the heater.

TIP #1: Lower Your Thermostat

By lowering the setting on your heater thermostat, you may save up to ten percent on your energy bills. In the winter, set the heater thermostat to a maximum temperature of 18-20 degrees Celsius.  The primary goal is to save energy consumption, so there is no need to heat the whole house.

If you have a ducted heating system, consider a zoning system to ensure you warm up only those most commonly used rooms.

TIP #2: Make Your Home Draught-Proof  

If your heating system could speak, it would’ve told you how much it hates hot air that rises to the top. It is because the chilly air is sucked into your home through any breaches or gaps around your doors and windows as the valuable warm air rises to the ceiling. Because of this, your heating system is always straining to warm up the cold air.

Spend some time before winter checking that all of your window seals are in good working order. Door snakes can be really effective in keeping chilly air from seeping in beneath entrances as well as other places.

TIP #3: Get Your Heating System Serviced

Don’t wait until the temps drop below freezing to check that your heating system is in perfect functioning order. Check beforehand to see that your heating system is ready to withstand the winter.

Servicing your heating system on a regular basis allows you to detect issues before they become costly breakdowns. Regular maintenance of the heating system also helps to extend its life while also ensuring that it operates more efficiently in terms of both energy and cost.

TIP #4: Pay Close Attention To Insulation

If you are not experiencing discomfort on your skin, you will be experiencing it in your wallet as well. Your heater has to work harder due to poor insulation and air leaks because it needs to warm up more air in your house. As a result, your electricity bill will be much higher.

With proper insulation, you can prevent warm air from escaping through your walls and create a barrier, making the walls thicker and more resistant to the cold outside air.

TIP #5: Choose The Right Size Heating System

When selecting a gas heater, it is necessary to ensure that it is the appropriate size for the space it will be heating and has a high-energy efficiency rating. Not only is an oversized heater more expensive, but it also means that you will be losing money on operational expenditures as well.

The same goes for an undersized heater. We recommend getting a heater with higher energy efficiency. Though it may cost you more upfront, it can save you a lot of money in the long run.

Know More: What Size Heater Do I Need?

TIP #6: Use A Ceiling Fan To Circulate Warm Air

Did you know that reversing a ceiling fan can help keep you warmer in the winter while conserving energy and lowering your energy bills?

Warm air usually rises (which explains why top floors of homes are significantly warmer than lower levels); thus, the warm air created by your heater naturally rises to the ceiling while colder air sinks to the floor. When you reverse the direction of a ceiling fan (clockwise), the updraft pushes the warmer air down, making the space warmer.

TIP #7: Get A Smart Thermostat

The average Australian spends around $99 per week on electricity, making it one of the highest in the world. The use of thermostats accounts for between 60 and 70 percent of total energy consumption. With a smart thermostat for your home, you can save up to 30 percent on energy costs.

A smart thermostat is a Wi-Fi-enabled device that automatically changes your home’s temperature to save energy. These gadgets learn your preferences and set a timetable that optimises your home’s energy efficiency. They function even while you’re asleep or away. A smart thermostat is, without a doubt, a smart investment that pays for itself in the long run.

TIP #8: Consider Replacing The Heating System

Your heating system might have served its useful life. So instead of sticking to an old heating system, consider replacing it with a newer, more energy-efficient, and advanced heating system.

Although regular maintenance and service can prolong a heating system’s life, a point comes when it is no longer a feasible option to keep on investing in a system that consumes too much energy. So, it might be best to consider heating & cooling replacement.

The Bottom Line

Let’s face it, we worry about the rising energy bills in the winter, but we consider it a necessary evil — after all, we have to stay warm, right?  There is no need to completely shut off the heating system due to fear of high energy bills when you can use it smartly. It is essential to pay close attention to your home’s insulation, heating system usage, the temperature you set, and the energy efficiency of the system.

At ComfyHome, we are always available to assist our clients. Whether you want heating system installation, repairing, maintenance, or replacement services, we are always available to offer our services. Contact Us if you have any questions related to energy-saving tips in winter.

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