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How to avoid hibernation this winter

Category: Personal

You’ll be pleased to know that there is no need to hibernate. There are much less drastic ways to reduce your energy bills.

Autumn is a good time to start thinking about the cooler months ahead and what we can do to prepare ourselves for the onset of the chilly Tasmanian winter.

Typically, our energy usage increases during the colder months. We turn up the heater, still dressed in our summer t-shirts and shorts and wonder why we have high power bills.

Whether you own your own home or are renting try these simple inexpensive life-hacks to make your home more comfortable this winter.

  1. There’s a reason why your mother tells you to close your blinds or curtains once the sun disappears and that’s to trap some of the days heat inside and minimise the heat loss. Make sure you have the best window furnishings you can afford. If you are renting, double glazing windows may not be an option. Why not try bubble wrapping the windows of the rooms that need the most insulating to keep in the heat.
  2. Do you have large house? Do you attempt to heat every square metre? Why not think about which rooms get the most use and only heat those.  
  3. Turn your appliances off at the wall. Standy-by energy costs add up. Sure, it’s a bit hard if the power point is behind the wall mounted television but how about switching the home printer or washing machine off until you need to use them.
  4. Pop on a few more layers of clothing, turn the thermostat down and save a few dollars. Set your thermostat at a moderate 18-20 degrees Celsius. If you find you are still cold, grab a blanket and snuggle up on the couch before you hit the hay.
  5. Clothes dryers are the world’s best invention, but they are also costly to run. Why not invest in an old school clothes airer? Leave it in a room you are heating and then if you still need to use the dryer you can throw your clothes in to finish them off.
  6. Showers! Aren’t they the best when you are chilled to the bone? But like clothes dryers, they are big energy users. Buy yourself a shower timer or move with the times and set the timer on your phone. Reducing the time you spend in the shower by only a few minutes can save money.
  7. Hands up who has tried to heat an older house? Older houses (and some new ones too) can be drafty. The good thing about drafts is you can easily identify where they are and do something about them. Remember those funny snake things that lay across the bottom of your grandparents doors? Well they were actually there for a very practical reason – to stop the cold air coming in and the hot air escaping. So check your doors and windows, along skirting boards and floor boards. Some rooms may need ventilation so be careful not to shut off the vents that help maintain healthy air-flow.
  8. Lastly, it’s always a good idea to check your heater is running efficiently. Have it serviced to make sure you are not paying more for your energy than you need to.

Looking for more great energy saving tips … head to the ‘Your Energy Savings’ website