Energy prices are on the rise and Winter is typically a season that has us all using far more electrical appliances as we try to stay warm and spend more time in doors. Luckily there are some simple actions your household can take to reduce your energy bills this Winter:

  • Capture the sun’s warmth by opening curtains and blinds first thing in the morning, then closing them when the sun goes down to stop the warmth from escaping.
  • Seal the gaps underneath doors with a door snake or specially designed weather seals.
  • Install pelmets above windows. Pelmets are narrow boards attached above a window. They trap a layer of still air next to the glass and reduce heat.
  • Choose nice think curtains to cover your windows.
  • Only heat the spaces you are in. Make sure doors are shut tight.
  • If you have a thermostat, fix it between 18°-20°C. For each degree you lose, you save 10% on your bill.
  • Use a hot water bottle – remember those!
  • Try and dry your washing in front of a heater instead of using the dryer. Dryers are massive energy consumers.
  • Put on a jumper and a pair of ugg boots before turning on the heating.
  • Don’t leave your appliances on stand-by use power, turn them off at the wall switch
  • Wash clothes in cold water so you aren’t paying to heat the water.
  • Use energy saving light bulbs, dimmable lights and sensor activated lights. Research show that 20-50% of energy use goes to lighting!

And if you are about to embark on building a new home there are a few extra Energy Saving tips to consider…

  • Try and purchase a site that is flat and has its backyard facing north towards your view.
  •  Be sure to get your external walls and ceilings insulated. Just insulating the ceiling can prevent 25% of heat escaping through the roof.
  • Install a solar hot water heater and solar panels for generating electricity.
  • Plant deciduous trees on North and West side of house – this will keep the heat out in Summer and let the sun in in Winter. Be sure to choose a tree that’s root system won’t interfere with your foundations!
  • Try and place your hot water heater close to the main areas that hot water is used, and insulate the hot water pipes as much as possible.