Save energy this winter
Winter is here and we're all thinking about our next power bill. We've put together a list of energy-saving solutions to keep your home safe and warm, while saving a few dollars in the process.
Keep the heat in
Worn out seals around doors and windows could cause draughts. This forces your heat pump to work harder and may cost you more money. Replacing these seals is as easy as pulling off the old and sticking on the new. You can buy seals (or draught stoppers for a quick fix) from your local hardware store or have a professional do it for you.
Have your fireplace serviced
It will burn more efficiently and increase the lifespan of your fireplace, saving you money long-term.
Use the sun to your advantage
Even though it's cold outside, the sun's rays can still give off some good heat during the day. Open curtains and window blinds in the morning before you go to work to allow the heat in.
Having electronics like TVs and computers in standby mode can be a drain on power. Try controlling your home appliances with 'smart' adapters. This allows you to use your smartphone to monitor how much energy you're using, set 'on' and 'off' timers for your appliances, and auto switch-off any devices on standby. If technology isn't your thing, get into the habit of switching power points off before bed and when you leave the house.
Switch to LED
When it's time to change your light bulbs, consider replacing them with an LED option. In the long-term, this could be a great way to cut your energy bills.
Choose Energy Star rated appliances
More stars means more savings. Replacing old appliances, like your heat pump or washing machine, with Energy Star rated appliances could save you more in the long-term. Find out more about Energy Star ratings.
Protect your investment
Small things like accidentally leaving electric blankets on, damaging electrical cords, or forgetting about food left in the oven could cost you your home. Make sure you're protected with an adequate home and contents insurance policy.
For full details about what is and isn't covered, take a look at the PDS.
RACT Insurance Pty Ltd, ABN 96 068 167 804, AFS Licence 229 076, is the insurer.