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Energy-saving devices and tips for the winter school holidays

As families prepare for the winter school holidays, falling temperatures unfortunately come with the inevitable rise in energy costs. Fear not – there are numerous energy-saving devices and strategies that can keep your home warm and your bills low during the winter school holidays. Let’s delve into some savvy tips to ensure your winter is both comfortable and cost-effective.

1. Smart thermostats for air conditioners
Investing in a smart thermostat can revolutionise your energy usage. These devices learn your habits and adjust the temperature automatically to optimise energy efficiency. Moreover, they can be controlled remotely via smartphone apps, allowing you to lower the temperature when the house is empty or raise it before you return, saving both energy and money.

2. Upgrade to energy-efficient appliances
Old appliances can be energy vampires, consuming excessive electricity and contributing to high bills. Consider upgrading to energy-efficient models, especially for appliances like refrigerators, air conditioners, and hot water systems. Look for appliances with Energy Star ratings, as they meet strict energy efficiency guidelines.

3. Seal leaks and insulate
Drafts and poor insulation can significantly inflate heating bills. Conduct a thorough inspection of your home for leaks around windows, doors, and ducts. Use weather stripping and caulking to seal any gaps. Additionally, ensure that your home is adequately insulated, especially in the roof and walls. Proper insulation helps retain heat, reducing the need for constant heating.

4. Make the most of natural sunlight

During the winter months, make the most of natural sunlight to heat your home. Keep curtains and blinds open during the day to allow sunlight to warm the rooms. Close them at night to trap the heat inside. This simple yet effective strategy can reduce your reliance on artificial heating sources during daylight hours.

5. Increase your air conditioner’s efficiency
Regular maintenance of your air conditioner is essential for peak performance. Clean air filters regularly to ensure proper airflow and efficiency. Have your air conditioner serviced by Fallon Solutions before the winter season to identify any issues and ensure it operates at peak efficiency.

6. Practice energy conscious habits
Encourage energy saving habits among family members during the winter school holidays. Remind everyone to dress warmly and use blankets while lounging to minimise the need for heating. Encourage shorter showers to conserve hot water and remind them to turn off lights and unplug electronics when not in use.

7. Consider solar

Exploring renewable energy options like solar panels can further reduce your reliance on traditional energy sources. While the initial investment may seem daunting, the long term savings and environmental benefits make it a worthwhile consideration, especially for homeowners committed to sustainability.

By integrating energy saving devices and keeping energy efficiency top of mind, you can effectively reduce energy expenses throughout the winter school holidays while ensuring a cosy home atmosphere.

For more tips on increasing your home’s energy efficiency and saving money on energy bills, call us today on 1300 054 488 to do a home energy audit. Our expert team is dedicated to helping you create a more energy efficient and comfortable home all year round.