The days are getting longer and the weather is getting warmer which means one thing – spring has arrived.
Spring is a great opportunity to get your home in order, inside and out, before the festive season begins.
As the temperature continues to rise, be mindful of some handy tips to ensure you can maximise saving on your energy bills over coming months.
Setting your ceiling fan to counter-clockwise (to draw heat away and keep you cool), taking short showers instead of baths and sealing cracks and openings around the house to prevent hot air from creeping inside are easy ways to prevent bill shock.
On hot days, Environment Victoria advises that the optimum temperature to cool your home to is 26 degrees. For each degree lower you set your thermostat to your energy bill for than period can rise by as much as 15 per cent.
If you need to heat your home, EV recommends that you get your heaters serviced at least every two years, keep heaters free from dust and clean filters regularly.
Maintaining your air conditioning, including cleaning your AC filters each month, will ensure that your system runs as smoothly as possible.
However it’s always worth having the number of RACV Emergency Home Assist handy in case something goes wrong. Emergency Home Assist is available around the clock, with a 90% response rate within the hour.
If you’re tending to the garden, try growing herbs such as basil, chives or coriander as well as fruit and vegetables such as tomato, broccoli or cucumber for great results this spring.
You’ll want to have the BBQ ready for all the homegrown produce – but ensure that it is safe to use by making sure your gas bottle is less than 10 years old and that the burners are free of blockages.
The Country Fire Authority says this year’s bushfire season may start earlier than usual, so if you live in a fire prone area make sure the whole family is familiar with your emergency fire plan, and have important documents such as passports stored together in case you need to action your fire plan.
As many as 40% of households with insurance are underinsured, so double check your RACV home and contents insurance policy is suitable for your needs.
Spring is also a popular time for a holiday. An RACV Home Security system will help keep your home safe while you’re away, and there are several easy things you can do to ensure your house doesn’t become a target for burglars – including having a neighbour collect your mail and take your bins out to give the house the appearance of being occupied.