4 Ways to Reduce Your Winter Power Bill
With winter now in full force, you may already be experiencing more costly energy bills. Other than waiting for spring to arrive, what if there was a way to keep your power bills more affordable – starting today? Follow these four simple energy-saving tips to keep your power bills affordable this season.
#1) Think Twice Before Cranking the Heat
When you’re cold, it’s understandable that the first thing you think of doing is turning up the heat. But before you reach for the thermostat, why not add another layer of clothing or extra blankets?
If your heater has to work harder, your energy bill will reflect that. Close doors of rooms you aren’t using to keep the area you’re occupying more comfortable.
Once you get your home warmed up, turn the thermostat down one degree. Although it may seem small, this small variance can lead to big cost savings on your energy bill!
#2) Research First Before Buying a Heater
When it comes to choosing an affordable, energy efficient heater, take your time to do some research. A cheaper heating source may end up costing you much more down the road in heating costs.
Fixed heaters have lower running costs and create more heat than small electric heaters. When choosing the right one for your home, make sure it’s adequately sized to heat your space and is energy efficient. Heat pumps are a great investment and produce instant heat with the convenience of a thermostat.
Electric heat is one of the most expensive forms of heating but may be sufficient to heat smaller rooms or rooms you only use occasionally.
#3) Make Your Home More Energy Efficient
If your home isn’t properly insulated, you could end up heating the outdoors instead of your home! Properly insulate the ceiling and underfloor first, followed by the walls.
Since hot water heating makes up 30 per cent of your energy bill, check your hot water settings. Does your hot water need to be on 24 hours a day? Likely not, so adjust its schedule according to your family’s needs.
Keep your hot water tank running efficiently by keeping the filter clean and scheduling regular maintenance. If you notice a sudden increase in bills without a change in hot water usage, have the tank serviced by a professional to see if there’s an issue with your tank.
#4) Shop Around for Energy Savings
Winter is a great time to see if you could be saving more on your energy costs with a new power company – and Switchme makes it easy! Our free, online comparison calculator has helped hundreds of Kiwis find a better energy deal. See if you can find one for yourself! Check out our website for more details.