As the weather begins to cool down, so often we see our children reaching for the heating remote. The average reverse cycle air conditioner costs around $0.33 – $0.40 per hour to run for heating purposes. An electric radiator heater costs about the same at $0.33 per hour, as does an electric panel heater at $0.40. A gas heater costs more at $0.47 – $0.52 per hour and as gas prices are set to rise this will begin to increase. It’s important to teach children good energy use habits early and to value the costs of living in a home.
Here are some tips that can be discussed to ensure the whole family are keeping the energy costs low:
Nearly 40% of the heat you have paid for in your home escapes through uncovered windows.
Filling cracks and gaps in your home is an easy way to ensure your heat is staying inside and easy for kids to help with on the weekend. On average every Victorian home has enough gaps and cracks to equal to a 1 x 1.5-metre window that is open all the time!
A comfortable temperature for most people is around 20 degrees in winter, encourage kids to think about putting on a jumper before turning up the heat.
This one is probably a regular in your household already but is a great way to keep heat where you want it. Close the doors and close of any spaces that don’t require heating.
Opening up curtains when leaving the house for the day can allow warmer winter sunshine to filter in and can prolong your need to put on the heater when everyone is home until the sun starts to go down.
As electricity costs continue to climb, fireplaces are becoming a popular primary heating source. It costs less to purchase firewood for your efficient wood burning appliance than to heat your home using utilities that depend on fossil fuels.
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