Put paid to an icy-cold winter
With some clever planning, you can increase the temperature of your home, but not your power bills
WHILE the countdown to spring is on, Queensland is still amid winter and, as some people might have become complacent, it may be time to reassess ways to save on power bills.
One of the cheapest ways to reduce energy costs is to find any nooks or gaps where heat escapes and fill them, plus add curtains to windows and glass doors.
In winter, the temperature on your airconditioning should be set between 18 and 20 degrees Celsius — it’s usually colder outside in the night. If this still feels too chilly, try moving away from uncovered windows, putting on a jumper or keeping a throw rug on the couch.
Only heat the rooms you’re using, and close the doors to those you aren’t.
Replace old appliances with star savvy ones. This doesn’t just apply to your winter heating – also consider the future energy savings on a new dishwasher, washing machine, fridge and so on.
Mitsubishi Electric national product manager Atesh Mani said reverse-cycle airconditioners were the most efficient form of winter heating. “Models with a high energy star rating, four or above, are cheaper to run,” Mr Mani said.
“Portable electric heaters or an electric panel are expensive to run compared to reverse-cycle airconditioning, and reverse-cycle airconditioners have the added benefit of cooling for summer.
“For larger spaces or whole homes, an efficient reverse-cycle air conditioner has a lower annual heating cost compared to gas. “New models are as much as 40 per cent more efficient than models that are 10-15 years old.”