6 Winter Money Saving Tips

Winter is here! And with it comes the irresistible urge to stay cosied up indoors. However, this desire can come at a cost – increased energy usage. Did you know heating and cooling make up around 40% of the average Aussie Household’s electricity bill each year?

Here at Energy Locals we’re here to help you conquer the winter chill without fearing financial frostbite.

So, put away that puffer jacket and beanie and join us as we delve into 6 practical ways to stay comfortable and energy-efficient this winter.

Here’s our top tips that benefit the planet and your wallet!

1. 18 to 20 degrees

We understand the temptation to crank up the heating on those frosty winter nights. But here’s the golden rule to keep your house warm and your electricity bill cool. Set your heater between 18 to 20 degrees! It doesn’t sound that innovative, does it? But did you know that for each degree higher than the recommended setting, you are increasing your energy consumption by up to 10%

2. Switch off your appliances

A simple yet effective way to help reduce your energy consumption is by turning off appliances at the switch. It’s estimated that electronic devices and appliances left plugged in can use up to 10% of your household’s electricity. With just a flick of a switch, you can reduce your overall environmental impact and reap the benefits of those cost savings.

To gain a better understanding of your household’s small appliances energy consumption, and calculate their estimated annual running costs click here.

3. Seal up your insulation gaps

Don’t let those sneaky insulation gaps drain your wallet! Sadly, a large portion of the energy you lose can be attributed to improper insulation within your home that allow warm air to slip out while cold air sneaks in.

Perhaps it’s time to take care of those pesky gaps around your windows, doors, or other vulnerable areas. This winter, consider investing in a draught stopper or a caulking gun. And hey, if you want to maximise your savings in the long run, why not explore some permanent options?

4. Adjust your ceiling fan

Rather than letting your ceiling fan sit and collect dust this winter, let us tell you how you can use it to your advantage. Without getting too scientific, it’s a fact that hot air rises, and as a result, it can get trapped under your ceiling. By simply switching your fan’s rotation to a clockwise rotation, you can harness its power to push the warm air downward. The result is improved heat distribution within the room. It’s a clever little trick that makes a big difference. Why don’t you give it a try?

5. LED it up!

Another helpful tip for keeping your electricity bills lower this season is to upgrade your lighting. With shorter days throughout the winter, making savvy lighting choices can have positive financial and environmental benefits.  If you’re looking to upgrade your household lighting, LED lights are a great option. LED lights provide brighter illumination, use 75% less energy and last 5 to 10 times longer than traditional lightbulbs.

6. Track your usage

If you’re an Energy Locals member you can access usage insights and discover new ways to save in your online account.

With these strategies, you can not only reduce your energy bills this winter, but you can ultimately help to contribute to a more sustainable future.

Get a fair deal

Maybe it’s time to explore your options? If you aren’t already an Energy Locals member you could be paying more than you need to for your energy this winter.