We are on the 3rd month of Autumn. You see the changes everywhere already with the leaves in brown colors, night time coming in much earlier and the feel of cold air outside. This also means that households now switch from the cold air conditioners to the heaters in the house to warm their place up. And this can only lead to one thing, an increase in the electricity bills.
But here as 5 electrical tips for Autumn so as to avoid a spike on your electrical consumption.
- Take advantage of the sunshine. Autumn might be a prelude to winter but some parts in Australia still get a lot of sunshine which you can use to your advantage. Open windows and blinds and let the natural warm air inside. Once the sun sets down, close all windows so as to prevent cold air going in. You might also consider trimming those trees that block the sunlight from coming through. That way, you can maximize sunshine going into the house and warming up your property.
- Consider making changes to your home for a more energy efficient cooling and heating. Installing high windows and skylights would help with natural lighting and adding more insulation to roofs and walls would help in preventing heat loss or heat going in during the hot days. The cost might be high but the long-term benefits would far outweigh the cost of upgrading and renovation of your place.
- Upgrade your appliances and fixtures to the more energy efficient modern ones. Try looking for those that have the highest energy rating as these consume less power and would definitely help in reducing your electric bill. Switch also your old lights to LED. LEDs are energy efficient, consume less electricity and last longer than the conventional lights that we are using. Make sure also to unplug any appliances not currently in use. We tend to think that since these appliances are not being used, that they are not consuming any electricity. But placing appliances on standby mode actually consumes electricity and adds up to your electrical bills.
- Minimize the use of electrical appliances and gadgets. With the cold nights of autumn, gone are the days of staying outdoors and lounging in the verandah. This would mean that people would tend to stay indoors more at night. And with that the usage of electrical appliances, tablets, laptops and gadgets increases. Try to engage in the old-fashioned board games. This would lessen electrical consumption and provide fun for the whole family.
- Lastly, try to minimize the use of heaters in the house. Heaters contribute to at least 40% of the electrical consumption during the cold days. You might consider zoning the house so as to effectively use the heating system only on specific areas where it’s needed. Or you could consider using a portable heater. These are handy ones that you can use in specific rooms and areas where they are especially needed without turning the whole heating system on for the whole house. This would greatly help in reducing your electrical consumption and save you tons on your electrical bill.
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