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4 tips to cut your electricity bill this winter

Finance & Money

Posted on Monday, May 10, 2021

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Slow-roasted and home-cooked meals, warming up next to the heater, taking a long warm bath or hot shower... is there any other way to spend your winter days? As much as we all find these winter pleasures hard to resist, they have a tendency to increase the electricity bill. So here are some ways to ensure you enjoy your winter while maintaining a manageable electricity bill.

 

Find the power culprits

 

Here are some of the appliances that drain power the most:

  • kettle
  • washing machine
  • air conditioner
  • microwave oven
  • heater
  • toaster
  • iron
  • coffee machine
  • electric blanket
  • refrigerator

 

Change your habits

 

Now that you know what’s to blame, here’s how to better manage your electricity use:

  • Switch off idle appliances. Appliances kept on at the power point consume about 50% of the power they utilise when in use.
  • Dress warmly and have hot drinks. This way, you can delay switching on the heater.
  • Turn off the lights in all the unoccupied rooms.
  • Switch from bath to shower and time yourself – showering uses less water and electricity.

 

Stay warm the smart way

 

  • Exercise and get your blood pumping. It’ll warm you up.
  • Block the cold draught by sealing off gaps around windows and doors.
  • Open your curtains during the day and let in as much sun as you can to warm up the rooms.

 

Which is the best heater for winter?

 

Electric heater

 

Pros

  • They don’t depend on burning anything, so there is no risk of inhaling carbon dioxide.
  • Small heaters are affordable.

Cons

  • Some electric heaters don’t produce enough heat.
  • They may consume large amounts of electricity
  • Some heaters pose a fire hazard.

 

Wood-burning heat

 

Pros

  • Wood is a far more affordable resource.
  • Fire is not affected by power cuts.
  • Closed fireplaces are highly efficient.

Cons

  • Installing a fireplace, if you don’t already have one, can be expensive.
  • Open fireplaces are not as efficient and also pose a fire risk if anything flammable is placed too close.

 

Gas heaters

 

Pros

  • Portable gas heaters are affordable.
  • Gas heaters warm up a room faster because they create instant heat.
  • They aren’t dependent on electricity.

Cons

  • The price of gas is constantly changing, so it can become costly.
  • If misused, it can pose a fire hazard.
  • Requires regular ventilation because of the release of carbon dioxide.

Making more conscious financial choices like these will save you a great deal of money. Adjust the way you keep warm and enjoy a cosy, worry-free winter.