Put paid to an icy-cold win­ter

With some clever plan­ning, you can in­crease the tem­per­a­ture of your home, but not your power bills

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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.”

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