I’m looking to lower our electricity and gas bills but keep our house warm in winter.

Posted by Jbuttxx, 8th July 2019

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  • Make sure all doors are closed and use draught excluders to keep the cold out and the warmth in. After cooking, leave the oven door open to expel the remaining heat into the room. Thick curtains/blinds over the windows. Layer up to keep in your body heat. Turn any fans to winter mode. Use candles instead of lights where you can (it’s always tempting to put more lights on in winter!) Switch all electrical items off at the mains when not in use (they really do keep using electricity even when off/in standby mode!) If you have ducted heating, turn off vents in the rooms you don’t use.

  • Blinds open when the sun is on the house and closed as soon as it isn’t. Keep doors shut so heat isn’t escaping and close off any drafts. Keeping lots of blankets around so you are cozy when you are still but don’t have to have the heat too high helps to.

  • We use timers on our heaters and make sure we open blinds to let natural light and heat in during the day but ensure they are closed before dark to keep the heat in.

  • For the first time this winter, we have cut down on showers times to 4mins per person – using a timer. We have a electrical HWS and so far saved $100.

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