Staying warm this winter doesn’t have to mean big energy bills. By making a few simple changes you can stay comfortable through the colder months without breaking the bank.
Use the sun to heat your home for free
Sunlight shining directly on a window acts like a mini heater, so in winter open your curtains and blinds in the day and let the sun heat your home for free. Once the sun goes down close curtains and blinds to keep the heat in.
Only heat the areas you are using
By heating smaller areas, you can save on heating costs. Close doors to unused rooms and areas that are occasionally used like bathrooms to lower your running costs. If you have a whole of home ducted heater, consider turning off the zones you aren’t using at that time, such as bedrooms in the day or living areas at night.
Adjust your thermostat
Lowering your heater thermostat by just 1°C may reduce running costs by up to 10 per cent. When using your heating aim for a temperature of between 18°C and 21°C, or just high enough for you to feel comfortable.
Often if you’re sitting still you can feel cooler than when you are moving around. If you’re sitting for long periods consider using a warm blanket or fleecy throw as well as the heating to give you a bit of extra warmth. At night add an extra blanket or two to your bed to keep you cozy.
Get the best deal for energy
Energy prices are often changing, so it’s worth shopping around to see if you can get a better deal. This could be as simple as asking your existing energy company for a better price or you could contact the South Australian Government’s Energy Advisory Service which can give you advice about finding and comparing current energy deals.
Struggling to make sense of your energy bills? Want to find out ways to save energy?
The Government of South Australia’s Energy Advisory Service can help! The service offers free independent energy advice and can help you with:
- Saving energy at home
- Understanding your energy bills and meters, especially if you receive a high or unusual bill
- How to calculate the running costs of your appliances
- Links to services that can help you if you have trouble paying bills
- General information about energy efficient home design and renewable energy, like solar PV systems and battery storage
- The service can be contacted Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm on 8204 1888 or 1800 671 907 (free call from fixed lines) or by email: email@example.com