Beat the winter chill

As the winter chill approaches it’s a good time of year to review your energy use, before you retreat indoors.

Ausgrid energy efficiency expert Robert Simpson said the winter bill is generally the highest but there are ways to lessen the impact.

“Now is a great time to make our energy use more cost-effective by working out how to keep the heat in over winter,” he said.

“Losing heat through doors and windows means you need to run heaters for longer, which costs you more. Consider door snakes, draught stoppers, foam window sealing tape and blinds and curtains to reduce minimising heat loss and stop draughts.”

Dr Simpson said it’s also worth investing in rugs for tile or wooden floors to keep your home cosy for winter.

“Ceiling insulation can reduce heating costs by up to 30 per cent and save you more than $100 a year. Wall insulation is also effective and recommended if you’re building or renovating a home.”

If you are investing in a new heater or heating system, make sure you consider your options and choose the right heater for your situation. Reverse cycle air conditioners and gas heating systems are good options for heating larger spaces but have higher upfront costs.

You should also check that your heaters are working efficiently and safely before the cold weather hits. Reverse cycle air conditioners may require a service and cleaning the filter will help maintain optimal efficiency. 

If you use plug-in portable heaters, give them a safety check when you pull them out for winter and check for frayed cords. Heaters use a lot of power so don’t piggy back adaptors and keep them a safe distance from combustible items.

For more tips, read our winter heating guide.