The nights are getting cold here in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne as winter is on our doorstep once again – and with that, the cost of winter heating bills comes to mind. Some heating systems can consume a lot of energy. Electricity costs are on the rise, winter gas bills can go through the roof, even the effort of buying, splitting and stacking wood for the coonara can be expensive and exhausting. With a great deal of technology available to us keeping track of heating costs has become easier. Below are some different forms of energy saving technology that may be available to our clients in the eastern suburbs.
1. ENERGY MONITOR
The first thing every home should consider is an energy monitor that can track energy consumption around your house. The energy monitor won’t save you a cent – but the information it provides can help you modify your daily habits for better energy saving behaviour. Once you know where all the energy in your home goes according to each specific appliance – you can make changes accordingly.
There are two types of energy monitor: handheld devices that work together with a separate unit, that clips on to your electricity meter, or online house energy monitors. These can send the data to and app on your smartphone.
2. SMART THERMOSTAT
Smart thermostats can be quite useful at saving energy in the colder months. By learning your habits and needs, smart thermostats create custom heating and cooling schedules, hence eliminating unnecessary energy use and waste of heat.
Most standard heating systems, don’t allow you to pick and choose which rooms to heat – it all gets set to one temperature, which isn’t very efficient if you spend most of your time in just a few areas, such as the kitchen and bedroom. Well, now you can get smart vents that help reduce wasted energy by allowing you to regulate temperature by room, stopping other areas of the house from being heated if they don’t need to be used.
4. EFFICIENT SYSTEMS
A smart air conditioner with heat controller can save you up to 30% on energy costs, simply by turning itself off when you’re not home. They can also create different schedules for different times of the day.
Imagine pre-paid heating options? Well…that’s exactly what you can do now with a smart window air conditioner – you can make the appliance work around your budget for the month.
Even if you’re not looking into purchasing a smart air-con system, simply by upgrading your old heating unit to a more energy efficient one with a better star rating, this can save you $$$ in running costs.
5. DOUBLE GLAZED WINDOWS
What are energy-efficient windows? They are commonly known as “double-glazed” windows and instead of having a standard layer of glass, they have a second sheet with an air gap in-between. Making the switch from single to double-glazed windows can go a long way in reducing heating costs and you’ll be able to notice the difference straight away.
There is a lot of heat loss through your windows. In addition, window coverings can also help – by keeping windows shaded on hot days, you can cut down on air conditioning usage. On cold days, keep window shades open to allow natural sunlight in.
For more information about either installing a smart thermostat, upgrading your old heating system to a new energy efficient one…or to have a chat about our winter specials give us a call at Jim’s Heating and Cooling today on 131 546