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The winter chill has well and truly taken hold across Australia and with many of us reaching for the heater, the cost of our power bills just keeps on rising. It doesn’t have to be a choice between freezing and spending hundreds of dollars though. Here are a few simple steps you can take to cut down on your winter power bill.

Manage your energy use

Spend some time getting to know what uses the most energy around your home. The microwave is one of the most common culprits for draining excess energy when not in use. Once you’ve identified the culprits around your home you’ll be able to switch them off or replace them with more energy efficient options.

Be heat smart

Before you switch on the heater, try warming up with extra blankets, slippers and warmer clothes. It’s the electricity-free way to warm up. When you do switch on the heater, make sure you’ve got all of your windows, blinds and doors shut so the heat doesn’t escape. If you’re planning on spending the night in the lounge room, only heat that room. Limiting the heat to just one room means you’ll use less overall.

Fix the house

One of the most common reason for Australian houses staying so cold in the winter is a lack of insulation. Ensure your home is insulated so the heat doesn’t escape while you’re in bed or out for the day. Insulating your home will also help trap the cool air in during summer so it’s a win-win situation.

Use the clothesline

When the sun is shining and you have laundry to dry, hang it out on the clothesline in the sunshine instead of using the dryer. Not only is it a much more affordable way to dry the clothes, it’s also a lot healthier for the environment.

Be water efficient

Install a water efficient shower head to cut down on the amount of money you spend on energy and water costs. The Australian Government estimates that installing a water efficient showerhead can save a two-person household at least $160 a year on energy and water costs.

Upgrade to energy efficient

If you’re in the market for a new fridge or a new washing machine, upgrade to items with a higher energy efficiency rating. In some cases, these big ticket items will cost a little more than their lower rating alternatives at the register, but they’ll help you save on your energy bills over time.

ConnectNow

Grace work with ConnectNow to help set up your utilities when you move home. Our free utility moving service connects you to the essentials to make moving house as easy as possible. We work with some of Australia’s leading service providers, so you can choose the services that best suit you and your budget. Connect to:

  • Electricity
  • Gas
  • Internet
  • Pay TV
  • Phone

Once you’ve selected the services you want to connect, and chosen from our panel of suppliers, its over to us to get you connected. Leave the utilities to us when you move home. Contact Grace Removals today for your obligation free quote.