Even though we published 5 tips to reduce your power bills recently we did some research and came up with a few more ways you can reduce your power bills in winter!
1. Look After Your Heaters
Have a look at your heater, is it dusty? Taking the time to wipe your heater down (gently) and cleaning the dust away can help it run more efficiently. Also consider getting your heater serviced. Think of a heater like a car, if you don’t service it often it might be running with a fault, and unnecessarily working harder then it needs to. By getting your heater serviced you ensure you aren’t using up more power then necessary.
2. Rethink Your Lighting
Sometimes you don’t need to light every room fully, consider using a lamp instead. They use up less power and you can keep the light concentrated on you. Also check your light globes, make sure they are all energy efficient, otherwise they could be sucking up more power than required.
3. Seal it Up
This is a boring tip that your parents probably taught you, but it does work, seal up your house. Invest in some draught proof seals or door snakes to keep the warmth in the right areas. Close the doors to rooms not in use. Invest in curtains that help insulate your home and stop the warmth escaping.
4. Replace Your Showerhead
We get it, parting with your non-efficient showerhead is hard. But we promise you can get efficient ones that have the same pressure and feel like they distribute the same amount of water. Having a showerhead that saves water is a smart investment, you save on your water bill (by using less water) and on your power bill (as your not heating as much water to shower in). It’s a win-win all round!
5. Dress Properly For the Weather
Another boring yet practical tip to reduce your power bills in Winter, make sure you’re adequately dressed for Winter. If you’re standing in your home and are cold, make sure you’re wearing warm clothes and something on your feet before you turn the heater on. Same goes if you are cold in bed, try adding a blanket first instead of heating the room. It’s also more efficient to use an electric blanket to warm up your bed for an hour then to heat your bedroom all night.
6. Find the Best Energy Deal
Maybe you’re implementing all the energy saving tips listed from our articles, and still feel like you’re paying too much. Shop around for the best energy deal. Use our energy comparison calculator to compare energy companies and see how much you could save.
7. Install Solar Power
It’s worth installing solar, even in Winter. Australia is still very sunny in Winter, even if you only had 3 sunshine hours per day, that’s still enough to take the edge off your power bill. Solar Installers also run better deals in Winter, so it’s worth comparing quotes to see how much you could save by installing now.