5 Tips To Warm Your Home And Still Save On Energy Bills

Having your heater on throughout the day during the winter seems like a cosy idea until you think of the impending high energy bills. But what if we told you that you could have your heater and use it too?…You get what we mean. 

Using your heating system efficiently can go a long way to conserving energy and reducing your bills. Don’t believe us? Here we’ve compiled a list of tips on keeping warm this winter without the need to break the bank. 

1. Set Your Heater/ Reverse AC To The Right Temperature

This tip seems fairly obvious. Set your thermostat to the right temperature to make sure you’re comfortable. But you’d be surprised how often people get this wrong, which is why we’ve listed this as our number 1 tip.

Season Ideal Temperature 
Winter 18 – 20°
Summer 25 – 27°

This temperature range will ensure that you’re getting the maximum efficiency from your unit. If you’re living in an area where the climate is cooler during the winter, you can adjust the temperature to be a little warmer. The opposite is true for when you’re living in a climate where summers are hotter than usual.

2. Consider A Heat Pump Hot Water System

What Is It? 

A heat pump hot water system is a type of water heating system that transfers thermal energy between spaces. Because it does not generate heat directly, it can be up to 4 times more energy efficient than conventional electric hot water systems.

Savings In The Long Run

Heat pumps are a more environmentally friendly way of generating hot water because it does not use direct electric elements to heat water. This leads to savings of up to 75% on electricity usage compared to traditional hot water systems.

Traditional hot water systems consume about 1kW of power to produce 1kW of heat, while heat pump hot water heater systems use 1kW of power to generate greater heat output of 4kW. This more efficient technology allows you to reduce your energy bills without needing to cut back on your hot water usage.

3. Turn On Your Reverse Cycle AC Instead Of Gas Heaters

Efficient And Effective For Smaller Areas

Air conditioners are 3x more efficient than gas heaters, meaning that if you own a gas heater you’re likely spending more money on your energy bills. Air conditioners also come with a thermostat function, allowing you to control the ideal temperature and avoid wasting energy from overheating your home

Reverse cycle air conditioners tend to work more effectively in smaller areas and in milder climates compared to gas heaters. However, if you live in an area where the winters are more extreme, gas heaters might be the more appropriate choice for you. 

Costs Less Compared To Gas Heaters 

While the upfront costs of a reverse cycle air conditioner might be more expensive than a gas heater, you would end up saving in the long term because of its cheaper running costs. 

Gas Heater Reverse Cycle Air Conditioner
Purchasing + installation Unflued: < $1,000

Flued: $1200 to $2500

$1,500 – $5,000
Servicing cost $150 – $300 (once every 1-2 years) $190 – $ 200 (once every year)

4. Service And Clean Your Heating System

Regardless of what heating system you own, whether gas or air conditioning, regular cleaning and servicing of your system will keep it functioning properly. 

Over time, dust and debris can build up in your heating system, forcing it to work harder to produce the same output. To avoid this, vacuum your heating vents regularly and clean out the filters inside the air conditioner. 

For more thorough cleans of complicated areas of the system, we suggest getting a professional to assist you with this

Getting Your Heating System Professionally Serviced

Getting your heating system serviced involves a professional to see if all parts are functioning properly. Similar to how you would with an air conditioning service, a technician would test to see if all critical parts of the system are working as they should

The professional will also clean your system and handle any dangerous gas or liquids involved in the service, such as carbon monoxide or refrigerant liquid

How Often Should Your System Be Serviced?

Gas heaters and reverse cycle air conditioners should be serviced at least once every year. Since reverse cycle air conditioners provide both heating and cooling options, it wouldn’t hurt to get your system serviced and checked twice a year. 

You could schedule the service once in spring and another in autumn, just in time to make sure it’s working properly before summer and winter come along

5. Insulate 

Insulation helps to reduce the amount of heat loss by retaining heat in your home. A well insulated home will ensure your heating systems don’t have to work extra hard to keep you warm and comfortable. 

A poorly insulated home on the other hand might mean having to have a ‘stronger’ heating system in place to compensate for the loss in energy.

There’s a couple ways that you can insulate your home to maintain the temperature indoors:

Double Glazed Windows

Double glazing refers to creating a pocket of air or gas between the glass that functions as a buffer and resists heat flows. Double glazed windows are great for reducing heat build up during the summer months or heat loss during winter months.

Natural Heat From The Sun

Sometimes insulating your home can be as simple as letting the sun in during the day. When sunlight, mainly ultraviolet radiation, enters your home and hits an object it will become radiant heat. Simply put, letting the sunlight in is a quick fix to warming up your home. 


This would help keep the heat indoors from escaping during the winter. It is a simple fix and if done tastefully can also enhance the appearance of your living space. 

Keep Warm And Carry On

So there you have it! Our top 5 tips on how to keep warm during the winter while still saving on energy bills. 

Also, remember to get routine servicing done on your heating systems. It’s possibly the best way to ensure that your system is working optimally.