How to avoid blowing up your energy bills this winter
With the start of winter bringing in severe weather warnings across Australia, heating up our home to keep ourselves warm is on the priority list, but being comfortably warm may add to your energy bill.
So, how can you keep warm this winter without blowing the budget? The Credit Savvy Team have some helpful tips to help you save on your winter energy bills.
# Keep the temperature under 20 degrees
Set your heater’s thermostat between 18°C and 20°C. By turning down the heat by 1°C, you could save 10% on your annual heating bill.
# Seal the heat
You could save up to 75% of your heating bill simply by checking that the heat stays in and is not escaping through cracks. Closing the blinds and using carpets can help maximise heat retention. Draught proofing is also another efficient way to lower your household energy costs.
# Use the right heating appliances
Each with its own pros and cons, gas heaters are generally cheaper to run though the downside is they’re more expensive to purchase and don’t provide the same portability compared to electrical heaters. On the other hand, reverse-cycle air conditioners are an effective way to keep a comfortable temperature throughout the house, though you’ll have to make sure you find the right size that’s suitable for your home.
Remember, to check the energy efficiency star ratings on any appliances you purchase as appliances with higher star ratings could help you save in the long term.
# Compare & shop around
When was the last time you took a good look at your energy bills? With many competitive energy plans in the market, it pays to keep a constant eye out on offers and your own retailer’s energy rates. If you plan to make the switch, do so when the energy market rate is about to increase, so you’ll be able to identify an affordable energy retailer and plan for your needs.
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