The cooler weather is here and the thick blankets have made it onto everyone’s bed and the heater is on to warm our living areas.
Statistics show that Australia experienced a 26% rise in energy spending trying to keep snug last winter, now is the time to rethink how you keep warm and the impact it will have on your pocket and the environment.
Further than simply plugging in an appliance however, depending on the size of your home and your energy source, economical heating of your home can be achieved with a number of simple measures.
- Draw the curtains closed and pull down the blinds before the cold sets in of an afternoon. This traps the flow of the cool air into your home through glass panels.
- Set a timer on your heaters for optimum performance. Setting the heater to turn on 30 minutes before your wake-up alarm goes gets you out of bed will take the edge off the chill and remove the need for turbo blasting the heat.
- Rearrange the furniture to allow the circulation of heat through your home. Heavy furniture placed in front of a heat source blocks the flow and could potentially cause the appliance to overheat.
- Rug up! As simple as it sounds dressing for the season can make everyone more comfortable without any extra cost. Wool jumpers act as a great insulator against the cold and not as bulky as jackets or layers that restrict movement. Socks and slippers are a must for any hard surface floors too.
- Take it easy on the temperature setting. The recommended thermosat setting is 19 degrees Celsius, and never more than 21 degrees. Resist the temptation to bump it up when you’re feeling chilly.
- Zone out. The use of space heaters or a zoned natural gas heating system is the most efficient and cost-effective way to heat your home. For maximum efficiency a lower temperature is required for bedrooms (where you’re already snuggled under layers) than in your living areas. If you’re looking at upgrading or replacing your home heating, or are planning a new build, consider the needs for the entire home and talk to experts about the best solution for your home.
- Be mindful of gaps around windows and under door openings. These can contribute to the loss of warm air being created in your home and cause it to have to work harder in maintaining a consistent temperature. Fill cracks around windows, use draught stoppers under doors and block off any chimneys that don’t work or aren’t being used.
- Timber floorboards are beautiful but adding a rug to hard surface floors during the cooler months will help insulate against the cold and aid the retention of warmth in rooms, particularly in older homes which tend to have gaps and cracks.
- Shut the doors. Sounds simple and sensible but make a habit of dividing up the living spaces for optimum heating. Encourage everyone in the house to close doors to any areas that aren’t in use and keep them closed.