Cut the cold, costs

Southern Riverina news - - Winter heating -

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.

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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.

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