Giving high power bills the cold shoulder

By Natalie Kikken

19 July 2016

3 minute read

A heater can be your best friend during the cooler months, but it doesn’t have to mean high electricity bills.

A heater can be your best friend during the cooler months, but it doesn’t have to mean high electricity bills. Image credit – Ricardo Velasquez/Flickr

You’re happily wearing tracky dacks, your Ugg boots aren’t leaving your feet, and the heater is cranking – the cold has hit Australia, and getting out of the bed in the morning is that much harder.

It’s not quite Antarctica, but Australia can still get rather chilly. As you try and keep warm and toasty, your energy demand tends to increase and this can have a hefty impact on your electricity bills. We’ve rounded up some handy hints to make sure you can still warm your cockles without compromising on energy efficiency – your wallet will thank you too.

Turning up the heat on energy efficiency

Simple changes to your home and your behaviour may mean you can take it easy on your heater, and save burning through the cash.

Wearing extra layers will reduce your energy bills. Photo credit: Hook News/Daily Mail UK

Wearing extra layers will reduce your energy bills. Photo credit: Hook News/Daily Mail UK

Be the shining light – by turning them off

Although lighting only accounts for around 7% of your total energy bill, it can still add up – and with the days being darker, we tend to turn lights on more.

Get down in winter: dancing will keep you warm as will an ideal temperature of 20 degrees Celsius

Dancing will keep you warm, as will an ideal temperature of 20 degrees Celsius!

More hot ideas for the cold

Insulating your home can play a key role in driving energy efficiency.

By following these top tips, you can become a DIY extraordinaire to keep your home cosy, while also reducing your energy demand on the planet. It’s a win-win situation.

We are committed to helping Australians reduce their energy consumption including providing the tools to create energy efficient homes and improving commercial energy use through intelligent systems.

You can also find out more tips reading our Home Energy Saving Handbook.