Easy DIY hacks that can help save cash on your energy bills!
Winter is just around the corner, but there are some simple things you can do at home help ease the cost of the energy bills during the colder months
It’s no secret that we love to get cosy at home with the heater, switching on those electric blankets and taking long warm showers in the winter months, but that usually comes in hand with a big energy bill.
There are a few things you can do around the house ahead of winter to help ease the cost of that energy bill.
TODAY chatted to D.I.Y Expert Rob Palmer for all the information we need to get started on these hacks around the home.
TODAY: Rob – kick us off with the easy hacks…
PALMER: Move all your kids’ jumpers to the second drawer in the bedroom, so when they turn around and say “I’m cold”, it’s easy for them to go and grab and jumper and put it on. Dressing for the cold weather is a huge cost saver, because you don’t feel the need to heat the house using power. Part of prepping your house is to cross ventilate the home during the day. During the day is when the air is warmest outside, and you can do this by opening a window at either end of the house. Shut all the curtains before it’s dark and close any doors to rooms you’re not using! There’s no point in heating a room you aren’t in. Get $3 door snakes and put them at the base of the doors of those rooms, cold air really pumps in under a door! For your front and back door — install a door seal which will take care of the draft. Once you’ve shrunk and sealed the space you need to heat, maybe put a basket with blankets and slippers at the end of the couch! Then enjoy more affordable warmth.
TODAY: Sometimes you just can’t avoid the heater, but you can program it to be more cost-effective…
PALMER: The ideal temperate for your heater is 20 degrees. Every degree you go above 20 will add 10% onto your overall heating quote. If you put a ceiling fan on low it will circulate the warm air to the rest of the room.
TODAY: It’s a given that we use a lot more hot water in the colder months, so how can we lower the cost of it?
PALMER: Heating your water is what costs money over winter, not the actual water usage. Tell the kids to have shorter showers and use cold washes where you can with your laundry. If you have to use hot water, do the washing overnight during an off-peak time.
TODAY: It gets a lot darker in winter too, what can we do to keep the lights up and bills down?
PALMER: Where you can, you want to replace the lights in the most used area in the house from halogen to LED lights. LED lights use 80% less power than halogen lights. The average house has 10 – 15 lights that could be replaced, and an electrician would usually charge $50 – $60 per light to change. So, the $500 or so that you spend to change these will be made back in savings over the next three to four years. LED lights will also last you 15 – 20 years. Finally, remember to turn off all the lights in rooms you aren’t using.