Did your electricity bill give you a shock last winter?
If the answer was yes, don’t despair – you are not alone.
In Australia, many people don’t have properly insulated homes, which means we are forced to crank up the heating in the cooler months – causing our electricity and gas bills to spiral out of control.
Thankfully however, there are a few simple (and cost effective) things you can do to prepare your home for the fast approaching colder months and lower your utility bills.
1. Go solar
While it might like sound like a lot of work, adding solar panels to your roof will really reduce your energy consumption costs – resulting in savings all year round. Best of all, the Australian Government is currently offering home solar power rebates, which will save you thousands of dollars in installation costs.
2. Seal in the heat
These days, you can buy door seals for as little as $5 from any of your local hardware and homeware stores. They may not be the most fashionable thing in your house, but they will help you to stop the hot air from escaping, thereby reducing your overall utility bills.
3. Insulate now for a warmer tomorrow
Insulating your home can cut your heating costs and keep your home toasty in winter. Insulation is measured on an R-rating scale, so the higher the rating, the better the thermal performance and the more money you save. Ceiling insulation prevents heat escaping through the roof, improves energy efficiency and, in turn, reduces greenhouse gas emissions.
4. Curtains are gold
If the latest home makeover shows are anything to go by, curtains are making a resurgence. In addition to making your home look modern and vibrant, curtains will also help you to trap the heat in the winter – allowing you to save money on warming your home.
5. Get that statement rug
In the same way that curtains are currently in fashion, a statement rug can really help you bring a room to life. Better yet, your rug can also help you to trap the heat, so why not buy one before the winter months settle in.