Reduce your Energy Bills

How to cut down your energy bill during winter

With winter officially here, you’ve probably already started making some changes around your Perth rental property to keep warm during the chilly season. However, winter doesn’t have to be synonymous with cranking the heater up and watching your energy bill skyrocket. Here are some simple ways to stay warm without facing a mammoth winter energy bill.

Make use of layers, blankets and winter bedding

Layering multiple items of clothing is actually more effective than simply throwing on one bulky jumper, as the multiple layers are more efficient at trapping your body warmth. So rather than turning up the heating, get into the habit of wearing inner vests under your shirts and donning thin, long-sleeved tops. When it comes to getting your bed winter-ready, in addition to piling on the blankets and doonas, don’t forget to start using flannel bed-sheets as your winter bedding. Lastly, for a more cost-effective way to increase the temperature, swap the electric blanket for a good old-fashioned hot water bottle!

Close the doors of rooms you’re not occupying

A simple habit such as closing the doors of rooms you’re not occupying can go a long way when it comes to staying warm and cutting energy costs in your Perth rental property. Rooms such as bathrooms and laundries that are typically tiled tend to feel colder, so prevent the low temperature from spreading to the rest of your rental by closing those doors. Don’t forget to close air conditioning vents and seal off chimneys, as good insulation is key to keeping your Perth rental property toasty warm.

Don’t leave the heating on overnight

Leaving your heating on overnight is a sure-fire way to make your winter energy bill skyrocket, so try to get into the habit of turning off the heating come bedtime and relying on our other tips to stay warm. If possible, use the ‘timer’ function on your heater to schedule it to turn on just before you wake up in the morning. However, if you can’t bear the idea of turning off your heating overnight, make sure you have your heating system checked and cleaned roughly every two years to improve energy efficiency and air quality.

Expert advice from Rentwest

When it comes to getting your Perth rental property ready for winter, our expert team at Rentwest are happy to help. Whether you’re looking to do some winter maintenance or simply save money wherever possible, our experienced property managers can offer the advice and expertise you need to cut your rental costs. Get in touch with our team today on 08 9314 9888 or email us at rentals@rentwest.com.au.

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