According to AGL Energy, the average home heating costs accounts for more than of your entire annual energy costs. This is a huge chuck out of your annual budget and is worth taking a closer look at to see if your can lower these costs.
According to AGL Energy, the average home heating costs accounts for more than 35 percent of your entire annual energy costs. This is a huge chuck out of your annual budget and is worth taking a closer look at to see if your can lower these costs. To some degree, your energy costs will be dependent on how cold it is outside, therefore determining how much heat you need to keep your home at a comfortable temperature. However, there are several things you can do to help lower your energy costs and help save money during the winter months. Below is a look at some of these ways to reduce your energy costs this winter.
Set the Right Temperature
The first step is to make sure the thermostat in your home is set between 18 and 20 degrees. If you are going to be out of the home for several hours, such as to go to work, lower your temperature slightly. Try wearing extra layers of clothing or use a heavy blanket to keep yourself warm if necessary. This will help keep your energy costs down. For every temperature you set your thermostat at above 20 degrees will add as much as 10 per cent to your overall energy bill.
Keep Out the Cold
Another great way to keep your costs down is to make sure that the cold air stays outside and the warm air from your heater stays inside. Check all your doors and windows to see if any drafts are coming through them, and seal up any leaks you detect. You can also use heavy curtains and make sure they stay closed throughout the winter. This will help to keep the cold air from escaping. Just one draft in your home could cause as much as 25 per cent of the heat to escape. This will make your heater work overtime and increase your overall costs.
Purchase Energy-Efficient Devices
The use of energy-efficient heating devices will also help to greatly decrease your heating bills. This is especially true if you are using any type of electrical heating device. You should be sure to pay close attention to the energy-star rating of each device before making your purchase. Unfortunately, the more expenses heaters are usually the most energy-efficient. This may tempt you to purchase the less expense one instead, but overtime you will save money by purchasing one the will save on your energy costs. If you are a low-income earner, you can apply for a loan through the No Interest Loan Scheme (NILS) program. This will allow you to purchase the better quality product and slowly repayment the costs over the course of 18 months.
Install Ceiling Insulation
If your home does not currently have insulation in the ceiling, now is the time to think about having it installed. This will help to keep heat from escaping through the roof of your home. In turn this simple installation of insulation will significantly lower the cost of your winter energy bills and will more than pay for itself in just a few short years.
Do not wait until that first winter heating bill comes in to start to think about ways to lower your energy costs. Instead, start implementing some of these simple measures today or try some of our other tips, so you will be prepared by the time winter arrives. You will be more than happy that you took the extra time, once your first heating bill arrives. Not only will you save money, but your home will actually stay warmer throughout the winter months.
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