Stay toasty this winter
When it comes to energy we all want to save money, especially in winter when our energy bills can be up to 50% higher than in summer!
Here, at Lumo Energy we want to help you save money on your energy bills so we’ve put together a bunch of simple energy saving tips, to help you reduce your energy usage throughout the colder months.
- In Victoria, householders spend about $800 a year, or around one third of the average home’s energy bill on home heating. Make sure to set your thermostat to an optimal temperature, about 18-20 degrees is ideal. A single degree higher could add up to 10% on your energy bill.
- Good insulation in your ceilings and walls greatly reduces heat loss and can save you up to 30% on your heating costs.
- There’s no need to heat the entire house if you are only in the bedroom, so shut the doors and keep the heat in. You will stop at least 70% of the heat escaping and reduce your bill.
- Gaps will cost you! You’ll find that you’re leaving the heater on for longer and that the room cools down much quicker when you turn it off – all of which adds up on your energy bill. There are a number of inexpensive products out there like door snakes, draught excluders, strips and seals that can prevent drafts from coming in. This can save you around 25% on your heating costs or around $160 on the average home energy bill.
- Double check that the heaters are turned off in the rooms that you are not in, there’s no need to keep the furniture warm!
- Close your curtains or blinds just before night time. Up to 20% of the heat loss from our homes escapes from bare and uncovered windows.
- If you have a fireplace, use it! There’s no better way to keep warm and perhaps add a little romance, than a good old fashion open fire and a cup of hot chocolate. It’s cost effective too!
- Be sure to give your heater a good clean just before winter. This can remove any blockages and ensure the air is circulating as best as possible.
- Use a reverse ceiling fan, which will push the warm air down rather than pooling it high above.
Advice provided is indicative only and individual circumstances will affect results. For further information on energy saving tips, please visit the websites listed below.
State of the energy market 2013; Australian Energy Regulator
Lumo Energy: http://www.lumoenergy.com.au/your-home-energy/energy-saving-tips
Victorian Government: http://www.sustainability.vic.gov.au/services-and-advice/households
Living Greener: http://www.livinggreener.gov.au
16 July 2014
Category: Energy Facts