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Make Smart Choices to Beat the Chill, Without Breaking Your Budget

Warming Feet

As winter settles in, households throughout Australia face increased energy consumption to stay warm. However, with a few simple adjustments and mindful practices, households can significantly reduce their energy bills while minimising their environmental impact.


Here are some practical tips for households to save money and energy this winter:

1. Optimise Heating Systems:

  • Set thermostats to a comfortable yet energy-efficient temperature (around 20°C during the day, and lower at night or when away).

  • Seal gaps around vents, doors and windows to prevent heat loss.

  • Use programmable or smart thermostats to automate temperature adjustments based on occupancy patterns.

2. Harness Natural Heat:


  • Open curtains during the day to allow sunlight to warm up rooms naturally.

  • Close curtains and blinds at night to insulate against cold drafts.


3. Rug Up Indoors:


  • Encourage family members to dress warmly with layers and cozy blankets instead of relying solely on heating.

  • Use heated blankets or electric throws to stay warm while reducing overall heating needs.


4. Be Mindful of Hot Water Usage:


  • Set water heaters to a lower temperature (around 49°C) to reduce energy consumption.

  • Take shorter showers and consider installing low-flow showerheads to conserve both water and energy.


5. Seal Drafts and Insulate:


  • Caulk and weatherstrip windows and doors to prevent cold air from seeping into the home.

  • Add insulation to attics, basements, and crawl spaces to improve energy efficiency.


6. Unplug and Power Down:


  • Turn off electronics and appliances when not in use to eliminate "phantom" energy consumption.

  • Use power strips to easily switch off multiple devices at once, especially before bedtime or when leaving the house.


7. Embrace Energy-Saving Habits:


  • Cook with lids on pots and pans to retain heat and reduce cooking times.

  • Air-dry laundry instead of using a dryer whenever possible.


By using these simple yet effective strategies, families can enjoy a cozy winter while simultaneously reducing their energy bills and environmental footprint to help Ensure Tomorrow for future generations. 


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