Winter is fast approaching and while the cooler winter weather gives many of us a much-appreciated break from the hot summer heat, this is not the case for your heating system. Cold weather means heaters are running, often constantly, to give us relief from the freezing winter chill. You may have noticed that this has made your energy bills higher, fortunately, there are several ways to lower your power bills during winter. Nu Style Shutters are the trusted manufacturer of quality blinds and roller shutters in Perth. Here’s our guide to a few things you can do to lower your winter power costs.
Upgrade Your Thermostat
A programmable thermostat allows you to customize your heating schedule and set certain temperatures for particular times of day. You can program lower temperatures for when you are away from home or for when you are sleeping and your heat will adjust automatically. This way you do not have to remember to adjust the heat every time you leave the house or go to bed. Go one step further with a smart thermostat, which gives you even more energy-saving options and allows you to control your heating system remotely from anywhere via your smartphone. This is a simple and effective way to reduce your electricity bill all year round.
Lower Your Thermostat
While it’s nice to feel warm at home when it’s cold outside, remember that every degree lower you set your heating can save you up to 10% on your energy use. To maximise cost savings in the winter, it is recommended to set your thermostat to 18-20 degrees Celsius.
Check Your Insulation
Draught-proofing is one of the cheapest and easiest ways to keep your home warm and cosy and doing it well can save you up to a quarter of your heating bills. Proper insulation in your roof ensures air can’t escape helping to keep you comfortable year-round, not just in winter. Sufficient insulation will help to keep you warmer in winter and cooler in summer. Another great insulation measure is to install roller shutters. Aluminium roller shutters provide an exceptional level of insulation ensuring you’ll stay toasty warm all winter long.
Use The Sun’s Natural Heat
Open your blinds and roller shutters when the sun is out to let warmth flood into your home during the day, and close them at night to help retain the heat that was absorbed during the day. Sunlight can effectively raise the temperature by a couple of degrees, and it doesn’t cost a cent so use it to your advantage on those sunny winter afternoons.
Swap to Energy Efficient Appliances and Light Bulbs
Spend the extra money on the energy efficient appliances if possible. The extra money upfront translates into a great deal of energy savings over the years. Also, it gets dark earlier in the winter, which means that you will be turning on the lights earlier as well. Swap your light fittings to energy efficient LED bulbs, this will help you save money on your electricity bill as they use around 75% less energy and last 25 times longer than incandescent bulbs. Also make sure you turn off the lights when you leave a room for added power bill savings.
There are so many things you can do to help lower you power costs in winter and these easy tips are just a few suggestions. For the ultimate savings, we recommend installing roller shutters to your Perth home. Innovative design and technology give Nu Style Roller Shutters an impressive insulating capability, allowing you to significantly reduce your heating costs in winter and your cooling costs in summer. If you would a free quotation get in touch with our friendly team online today or give us a call on 1300 798 776. With over 20 years’ experience installing blinds and shutters to homes and businesses across Perth, we are WA’s fastest growing roller shutter and outdoor blind company.