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Stay warm while saving money during winter

Published: 19 Jul 2017 3:01pm

Winter is not just coming – it’s here especially in western and southern Queensland as temperatures plummet and people turn up the heating to keep warm.

And increased heating could lead to higher bills prompting Ergon Energy to urge its customers to think smart and save money.

Executive General Manager Retail Cheryl Hopkins said while keeping warm can be expensive, there are ways for customers to save on energy costs without sacrificing comfort.

"People are sometimes surprised at the jump in their energy bills over the cooler months,” Ms Hopkins said.

“But by using their energy sense and following simple tips such as closing curtains, checking for draughts, blocking gaps or cracks to stop heat loss and dressing to keep warm, they can make a huge difference.”

Ms Hopkins said installing the right type of ceiling insulation and weather stripping gaps on windows and doors could cut heating costs by up to 45 per cent.

Customers should concentrate on heating a few frequently-used rooms only, such as living rooms or kitchens, and spend time in those comfort spaces.

Other smart winter ideas include:

  • covering large glass windows with curtains, which can cut heat loss through windows by up to 70 per cent;
  • washing clothes in cold water rather than hot wherever possible;
  • switching off heating appliances when no one is home to save energy and for fire safety;
  • using an old-fashioned door runner to reduce draughts and keep the heat in;
  • lowering heater settings. For every degree in the 15 to 21 degree range that you lower the setting on your heater, you save about five per cent on heating costs.

Ms Hopkins said that when it came to buying heaters, it was important to consider options before making a quick decision.

“There are many inexpensive heaters on the market but look for the star rating – the more stars the more energy efficient and the heater costs less the run,” she said.

Customers looking to save money can view a range of energy sense tips on line at Ergon Energy’s website at https://www.ergon.com.au/retail/residential/home-energy-tips

Media Contact: Corporate Communications Manager John Fowler
Phone: 44328730 or 0417283713