Prepare your homes and reduce your energy bills this winter

With energy costs expected to rise, RACV is encouraging Victorians to take simple steps to reduce their energy consumption and help prepare their homes this winter.

With the first official day of winter today, RACV has a checklist for Victorians to protect their home against the cold during the chilly winter months.

Aaron Flavell, RACV General Manager Home Services says, “Melbourne and bad weather go hand-in-hand, and we know that Victorians can do more to weather-proof and prepare their homes.

“We live in one of Australia’s coldest states and with energy costs on the rise, we want to help Victorian households be better prepared for the cold and wet days ahead,” said Mr Flavell.

“We know that things can go wrong. Last year our Emergency Home Assist team tended to over 5,000 call outs for damages to roof, gutters, downpipes and heater-related issues and many of these things can often be easily prevented.

RACV’s 10 tip-checklist for Victorians this winter:

  1. Clear gutters ensure your gutters are kept clear to prevent blocked drains, leaks and overflows as the rains set in.
  2. Service heaters to help energy efficiency and prevent possible electrical or gas faults that put your home at risk, get your heaters serviced by a professional.
  3. Check your home for cracks – fill holes, window cracks, gaps in the floorboards and put draught-snakes in front of doors to help keep the warm in and the cold out.
  4. Seal windows and doors – install new rubber weather-sealing strips around your window frames and door surrounds to prevent heat escaping.
  5. Insulate your hot water tank bring your energy bills down with a low-cost energy blanket which insulates your hot water tank.
  6. Service your hot water tank your hot water tank needs to be serviced every three years. If it’s solar – it’s every two years.
  7. Check roof tiles before the winter storms arrive, check your roof tiles are not broken, missing or need replacing. This maintenance will minimise problems occurring down the track such as leaks and insulation loss.
  8. Cover your pool have your pool cleaned and use a pool cover to stop leaves and debris getting into the pool to prevent an algae outbreak while it’s not in use.
  9. Spare keys – use this opportunity to make sure a neighbour, relative or close friend has a set of spare keys to prevent you being locked out in the cold.
  10. Create an energy savings plan take steps to save energy at what can be an expensive time of year for utility bills. Heating only the rooms being used, reducing the temperature on your heater’s thermostat by a couple degrees, and installing an energy-saving showerhead are a few ways to reduce your energy consumption.
Written by RACV Corporate Communications (03) 9790 2572
June 02, 2017