And for many, this means it’s time to start thinking about what the colder months mean for our energy bills.
But just because you’re money conscious, doesn’t mean you have to freeze once the cold, unforgiving chill of winter sets in. Here’s some tips on how to save on electricity without getting frostbite!
There’s no point in cranking up the heating if you haven’t checked the house for draughts first. Use your door snakes to stop cold air entering, and draw your curtains to stop the heat escaping.
Do you need to dial up the thermostat or could you put on your winter woollies instead? Grab a blanket or even invest in one of these truly incredible sleeping bag onesies from Aldi.
You could look this good.
Open curtains during the day and let the sun naturally heat your rooms.
Got solar? Contrary to popular belief, solar panels will still generate electricity in winter as they generate electricity from light, not heat. So you can be saving just as much, if not more off your bills!
Just make sure to check for anything that could cast shade over your solar panels. The sun is at a lower angle during winter and what was fine in summer, might now inhibit your solar generation. Also ensure your panels are clean and functioning properly. Dust and grime can build up over time and this reduces their efficiency. It is best to hire a qualified professional to take care of this for you.
Solar panels generate electricity from light, not heat. So they can be a big help in the winter!
The typical Aussie home has about 30 devices that constantly draw standby power, accounting for around 10% of a home’s energy bill. So if you’re not using an appliance, confirm that’s its completely turned off.
By turning heaters on when the temperature drops to 10 degrees rather than 12, you can save a substantial amount.
Use carbonTRACK to get a solid understanding of what is using electricity in your home and when. If you’ve got solar, carbonTRACK can help you run connected devices during the day to make the most of your solar generation.
Some examples of electricity use that could be shifted to the day time include; charging phones and toothbrushes, pool pumps, pond and spa pumps, washing machines, dishwashers and other small appliances.
Control your appliances and heating from your phone; anytime, anywhere.
Set your thermostat to 18 or 19 degrees and use carbonTRACK to set timers for compatible heating systems to heat your home with the last few hours of solar electricity. This means you come home to a warm house and bring down your evening electricity use!
Channel these tips and you’ll be sure to stay cosy and avoid getting a shock when your next bill comes in!