Being economical with your energy usage isn’t just about acting responsibly. It’s also about cutting down on your monthly bills. Ask any Australian and they’ll tell you that power bills are some of their biggest spendings every month, more so during winter. And why is this happening? We either use more than we need or our homes are just not energy-efficient.
Cutting down on energy usage covers everything from installing energy-efficient equipment to using just enough for our needs. At every stage, you have many options to choose from. Whether wood or gas heaters, ensure efficiency is part of your priority factors. Should you go shopping and fail to consider efficiency, your energy consumption may just be your biggest headache at the end of every month.
That said, let’s see the options you have to reduce your spending on energy bills.
- Buy energy-efficient Home Heating Equipment
One of the most important decisions for an energy-efficient home is an energy-efficient heater, whether wood or gas heater. Efficiency should define all your home gadgets, including BBQs and wood stoves if any. By making the right choice, you’ll cut down on fuel consumption, resulting in lower energy bills.
- Regular Maintenance of Your Home Heating Equipment
On matters of energy efficiency, you cannot run away from proper and regular maintenance. How often do you check your home heating equipment? If you don’t check on it regularly, you’re likely to use way more energy than you’re supposed to. There is so much information about how to maintain your gas heaters. If they’re things you can handle on your own, go ahead. Otherwise, just contact a professional gas repairer to help you with the task.
- Contain the Heat On the Inside
One mistake that many people make is generating heat then let it all waste away. We all know just how expensive it is to keep it warm outside. This is understandable because there is nothing much you can do when not in an enclosed space.
However, when heating inside the house, as much energy as possible of what your home heating equipment produces should be contained inside the room for maximum benefits. Once the home heating process begins, close the curtains and focus on the room that needs to be warm. Close the rest of the rooms that aren’t being heated, including their windows and doors. This is to ensure that you don’t waste energy heating rooms that aren’t occupied.
- Check Your Heater’s Temperature Settings
During the winter, you may be tempted to push up the thermostat settings as high as you possibly can. Nevertheless, if you keep it within 18oC to 20oC, you’re good to go. Anything beyond that is likely to result in a significant increase in your energy consumption and, therefore, higher energy bills.
- Shop for Affordable Suppliers
In case you’re using a gas heater and your home isn’t already connected to a natural gas source, you may want to consider using propane from a private company. There are many companies offering gas suppliers at affordable prices. Shop around for the most affordable, ensuring, however, that the company is of great repute. The same is true if you’re using wood heaters.
- Change Your Home Heater
One of the biggest challenges many people face is moving into a home and finding an energy inefficient heating system already installed. While having the installation in place is a good thing, the long term cost involved might not make economic sense. If you find yourself in such a scenario, consider upgrading your home heating system with a new, energy-efficient alternative.
Even as you seek efficiency, be conscious about your home design and general aesthetics. Whether you’re just repairing your existing gas heating system or buying a new one, good and welcoming looks for your home should be held high.