Cut the cold, costs
As wintery chills hit regional NSW, Essential Energy is reminding customers how to stay warm this winter while still keeping an eye on their power consumption.
Essential Energy’s regional general manager, southern, Steven Ilitch, said by making a few small changes around the house, customers can have a big impact on their winter electricity consumption.
‘‘By setting heaters and air conditioners to a comfortable 18 to 22 degrees, you can still ensure your families comfort without overheating your house,’’ he said.
‘‘Each degree warmer can add to the amount of energy you use.’’
Mr Ilitch said it is also wise to make sure your heaters thermostat is not near an open door or draughty area as you may be overheating your room based on a cold thermostat.
Fixing draughts, resealing around windows and doors if there are gaps, and using door snakes to keep the cold out and the warmth in can all make a difference to how a home retains heat.
Mr Ilitch also suggests making use of the sun and moving work areas or frequently used chairs into direct sunlight, away from cold draughty spots.
‘‘Customers can consider using infrared heating options, as they warm the skin (the same as some bathroom heater/fan combinations) and not the surrounding air, making them more efficient,’’ he said,
‘‘Heating large areas can be both expensive and impractical.
Energy recommends customers make sure the areas being heated are well used or consider zoned heating if possible.
‘‘Heating toilets, stairwells and storage areas may not be the best use of your heating dollar.’’
Other tips to make the most of energy consumption this winter include installing insulation in walls and ceilings if possible and covering windows to stop heat escaping through glass.
‘‘The use of heavy curtains, blinds and shutters can make a noticeable difference to a rooms temperature and your energy consumption,’’ Mr Ilitch said.
For more information on energy saving tips, customers can contact Essential Energy’s dedicated energyanswers team on 1800 363 749.