Have you found yourself bracing for a high energy bill now that Winter is in full swing? You’re not alone. Most homeowners will feel the burn of a bulky bill every year come Winter time. There are actions you can take to make a BIG difference to your energy savings. Check them out below!
1. Take Short Showers
This tip is one you will usually hear in Summer to help save water, but if you have an electric water heater this tip applies for Winter just as much! Shorter showers mean less hot water used and less dependence on your water heater. Keep your showers short and your hot water system from working overtime to help boost your energy savings!
2. Wash clothes on cold setting
Doing your laundry with cold water instead of hot is another great way to minimise the use of your hot water system anytime of the year. Let hot water, less electricity, more energy savings!
3. Regulate room temperatures
Maintaining an indoor room temperature between 20 and 23.5 degrees Celsius is considered ideal in Winter. While the temptation to overheat might be strong especially on cold nights, keeping the temperature between the ideal ranges will help you save on energy. Depending on your system, every degree you reduce heat can save you up to 10 per cent on your electricity use.
4. Only heat the rooms you need
Minimise the size of the space you need to heat. Smaller space means less energy required to raise the temperature. Close doors to rooms that you aren’t using and utilise zoning settings if your system has them. Take it to the next level by using draft-proof strips and door snakes to help stop warm air drifting out and into rooms that aren’t being used.
5. Maximise heating system efficiency
A heating system is one of the most costly systems to run when it comes to energy usage. When you’re blasting the heat, it pays to be sure that your system is working the best it can be. You can achieve efficiency through regular maintenance. Whether it be contacting an appliance repairer for your space heater, or a licensed heating and cooling technician for your ducted or split system, maintenance goes a long way in lowering your overall energy costs.
System maintenance ensures that your system is clean, working efficiently and producing top quality air. A professional duct clean will do wonders for a tired ducted heating system. If you are unsure about the condition of your ducts, contact us now to help improve your heater efficiency. A maintenance check is necessary, and should not be overlooked.