With energy costs in Australia on the rise, keeping your property warm this Winter might get expensive if you plan to blast out the heating. However, have you considered other alternatives to keep your property warm instead and save on the energy bills?
With the weather in Australia generally hot, our homes are typically built to keep the heat out. Despite this, there are plenty of simple and affordable things you can do around the house or apartment to keep your property as warm as possible during the colder Winter months.
Here are our top 21 things to do to keep your home warm this winter
for property owners and renters.
21 Ways to keep your home warm this Winter
1. Let there be light
Make the most of the warm sunshine by opening up the blinds or curtains to let the sunshine into your home. However, as soon as the sun goes down, make sure you close your blinds or curtains to stop the cold night air coming through the windows. You could also invest in some thicker Venetian blinds or curtains with a thermal or fleece lining to increase insulation.
Although it’s nice to let some fresh air in, try to keep windows closed during the night and colder parts of the day to stop cold draughts from entering your home. This is especially true if you have the heating on as you are effectively paying for your heating to escape than to heat your home.
3. Keep doors closed
Another easy thing to do is to keep doors closed for rooms that aren’t in use and make sure the heating is also off in these rooms. This ensures there are less areas of your home to heat, maximising the areas that need it most.
4. Block those draughts
Having draughts come through under the main door can make your home feel chilly. However, by getting a draught excluder this will keep the warmth in your home and stop you from having to turn up the heating. If you don’t want to buy a draught excluder, then you can easily roll up a towel and wedge this by the door instead.
5. Seal the cracks
As well as using draught excluders for the doors, you should also consider sealing those cracks and filling the gaps in windows, doors and walls which could also be letting the cold air in.
6. Rug up
If you have a lot of wooden floorboards or tiling, then you might want to invest in some rugs to provide some insulation between your feet and the cold floor.
7. Rearrange your furniture
If you have tables or sofas that sit in front of a heater, these items can soak up the heat instead of the heat being circulated around the room. You therefore want to rearrange your room, with furniture against walls to ensure warm air can be circulated as best as possible.
8. Upgrade your duvet
When it gets colder, then you will want to upgrade your duvet to a thicker one – or have two! Having a sheet and a thicker duvet will provide you with a cosier night’s sleep.
9. Hot water bottles
Another way to keep warm in bed is to snuggle up with a hot water bottle instead of using electric blankets which tends to drain your electricity.
10. Maximise your insulation
Did you know that roughly 25 per cent of your heating is lost through the roof? Insulating your roof will be a massive cost and energy saver and is worthwhile doing if you plan on living in your home for a while.
11. Get timing
Instead of having your heating on all day, which will provide you with a nasty shock in your next energy bill, use a timer. You can choose the specific time you want your heaters to come and the times you want it off.
12. Turn the heating down
As well as using a timer for your heating, you can also reduce the temperature. It is recommended by the World Health Organisation that a minimum of 18°C is required for living areas. Even if you turn down the heating by 1°C, this will reduce your heating bill by up to 10 per cent.
13. Maintain your heaters
Are your heaters old and running poorly? Now might be the best time to get them serviced. Getting your heaters professionally serviced will also help them run more efficiently, whilst ensure they are operating safely. Also, forget using those small, portable heaters, they are serious money-churners.
14. Solar panels
With solar panels becoming easier and more affordable to install, you may wish to consider using solar panels to heat your home, especially as they are the most energy efficient way to heat your home.
15. Reverse ceiling fans
If you are in an apartment you are likely to have split system air conditioning or reverse ceiling fans. This will help to push the warm air downwards, stopping the heat from naturally rising upwards. However, remember that using these appliances does come at a cost.
16. Choose the right aspect
If you want to keep your energy costs down then it’s best to buy or rent a home with a northerly aspect. This is because the sun rises from the east and sets in the west, allowing your home to benefit from sunshine most of the day.
17. Buy new
If you want to keep your home warm during Winter then it’s beneficial to buy a home that is brand new. Newer homes will be far more energy efficient than older, established homes and can reduce energy bills.
18. Buy an apartment in the middle
Another great way to keep your property warm during Winter is to buy an apartment that has an apartment above and below you. As heat rises, the apartment below you will keep you warm, whilst the apartment above will act as an insulator.
19. Wrap up warm
If you are feeling cold then make sure you wrap up warm with layers and put on some thick socks. Add an extra blanket to your sofa which you can snuggle under whilst watching movies.
20. Get cooking
If you’re still cold then you can always try cooking up a storm. A Sunday Roast ought to do it! The heat from your oven and stovetop will create some heat and eating a hot meal will also warm you up.
21. Host a party
If you’re still struggling to get warm then why not invite your friends over for a party. The more bodies there are, the warmer it is. And if you plan on dancing, then it won’t take long for you to get warm!
For more ideas about how to buy an energy efficient home and how to keep energy costs at a minimum, why not get in touch with the iBuyNew team. Give us a call today on 1300 123 463
Published on 10th of July 2017 by Marty Stanowich