With the days getting shorter and cooler, it means winter is on its way, so here are some small and practical changes you can make to your home to make it cozy and comfy without spending a cent.
The natural go-to impulse when it’s cool is to turn on the heating full blast, but before you do that, have a look at yourself first. If you’re wearing a t-shirt, shorts and no socks, put on a jumper and layer up. Invest in thick woollen socks and a blanket for the couch that you can get under when you’re watching your favourite show.
If your home gets a lot of sun during the day, keep your curtains open to let in the warmth and sunshine. Then close them before it gets dark and cold, so you can trap in the warmth.
Think of your appliances
Did you know leaving appliances on standby can cost you well over $100 per year1? Turn off your appliances at the wall when they’re not in use and could make a difference to your electricity bill.
Your washing machine is a section of your home where an unexpected amount of income is poured into. But there are a few ways to ensure your laundry isn’t a money pit including; using cold wash whenever possible, and using your machine only on full loads. When buying a new machine look for ones with a front loader instead of top loader because they use around half the amount of water. Similar tricks can be used for your dishwasher and microwave.
Money down the drain
Watch your water use during winter, because while there’s nothing better than having a hot shower when it’s cold outside, water costs can be a considerable chunk of your monthly bills. Keep them short to reduce costs and opt for showers rather than baths because they use less water.
Catch the draught
Draught proofing stops warm air from escaping your home in winter and hot air from entering in summer, saving you money and making your home more comfortable. Up to 25 per cent of winter heat loss from houses is caused by draughts and 9 out of 10 homes in Victoria have unwanted draughts. Catch them before they catch you by looking for gaps around your doors, windows, architraves, skirting boards and in between floorboards.
Lighten the mood
Your lighting costs accounts for 10% of your average household electricity budget and has reduced in recent years due to the uptake of LEDs are better value for money than incandescent and halogen light bulbs and can be used in most existing fittings. LEDs use about 75% less energy and last 5-10 times longer, greatly reducing replacement costs and the number of light bulbs ending up in landfill2.
Take the time now to assess your home before it gets too cold. You’ll save money and have a much more comfortable winter.
1 Canstar Blue : https://www.canstarblue.com.au/electricity/cost-leaving-appliances-standby/
2 Department of the Environment and Energy https://www.energy.gov.au/households/lighting