Get energy efficient with insulation

There's no mistaking the chill in the air - winter is well and truly here!

Colder weather and shorter days means that we are relying more on heaters and lights than we do in the warmer months - and this can result in higher electricity bills.

Electricity prices are always a concern for consumers at the best of times, and with increased usage in the winter, sometimes your bills can give you quite a shock.

Luckily, there are a few things you can do to make your home more energy efficient - meaning that you'll rely on less electricity to keep you warm when the weather gets cold.

One of the most important improvements you can make to your property is to add insulation. This will not only keep heat from escaping in the winter, but will also keep your house feeling cooler during the summer months.

Insulation can considerably reduce your heating and air conditioning costs, and for those who are environmentally-minded, it can also do wonders for reducing your carbon footprint.

According to the South Australian government, there are different recommendations for insulation type and thickness, depending on your climate. An important figure to look for is the insulation's R-value, which refers to the material's resistance to heat transfer.

For example, if you live in South Australia, Adelaide residents will require an R-value of 3.2 for the ceiling, but in cooler areas, such as Mount Gambier, you might prefer to choose a higher R-value.

Regardless of what type of insulation you choose, make sure that it meets recommended Australian standards and is fitted by a qualified installer. They will ensure that your insulation meets all the requirements - and also is kept clear of electrical equipment and wiring in your home.

If you are installing insulation, it is also worth thinking about the heat that can be lost or transferred through the windows of your home. Opting for double glazed glass can help you prevent heat from escaping - and can also reduce moisture buildup on cold days.

Of course, if you are looking for other ways to reduce your electricity expenses, one of the best things you can do is to switch to the most cost-effective provider.

A quick call to Make It Cheaper can help you determine if there is a better deal to be found in your area - and if there is, your consultant can help you through the process of switching.

Posted by Charlie Moore