With cooler weather starting to creep in, energy use in the home can easily spike, resulting in expensive energy bills.
On average, energy use increases up to 20% during the winter months, a financial burden that Aussie homeowners might forget to factor into their monthly or quarterly outgoings.
We spoke with Sanden, Australia’s market leaders in hot water heat pump technology, for some expert tips on how to stay warm during the cooler months, without the added cost.
Check your windows
Windows lose almost ten times more heat than walls, so it’s important to make sure they are up to scratch coming into winter. Check for any gaps around your windows, as these can significantly contribute to heat loss. Ensuring any cracks are completely sealed could see you earn the cost back in two to three bills. You could even consider double glazing your windows which is a great way to keep more heat in the home.
Cut down on hot water wastage
Heating water is one of the biggest energy users in the household. Homeowners can implement small changes to save energy, such as installing water efficient shower heads, utilising the cold water setting on dishwashers and washing machines, and using a timer in the shower. Also, air sourced heat pumps such as the Sanden Eco Plus Hot Water Heat Pump System are extremely energy efficient as they extract heat from the surrounding air and can save homeowners up to 80% on their hot water energy costs.
There are some hacks you can use to make that energy go an extra mile to keep you warm. Been baking? Leave the oven open once you have as the remaining warm air will heat the room. Need to take a shower? Don’t run the bathroom fan and allow the humidity to make the air warmer.
Don’t waste energy
In winter, it’s important to avoid using energy wherever you can. Always turn off your electric appliances when they are not in use. If it’s sunny outside, hang out your clothes rather than putting them in the dryer. Turn off the heater and pile some extra blankets on your bed to stay warm at night.
No need to turn on the heating at home when you wear several thin layers. This helps to insulate you and makes it easier to add or remove clothing depending on the temperature. It’s also best to opt for materials that retain heat, such as wool and fleece. Also, make sure that you keep your feet warm with socks or slippers as this will help your whole body retain heat.