How to help keep heating costs low this winter
Be empowered this winter and arm yourself with some tips on keeping those heating bills in check this winter. Below is LJ Hooker’s Liveability Winter Checklist to get you on the right path to a more efficient winter.
Wear your winter woollies
It sounds obvious but adding a layer or two to your clothing to keep you warm is sometimes more effective than a heater. Consider keeping a small blanket or rug handy to go over your knees for when the temperature drops late at night while you are watching television or reading a book.
Isolate the rooms you heat by closing doors
Only heat one or two rooms – those that you are using the most. Use door snakes to insulate the gaps between the bottom of doors and the floor.
Really, it makes no sense to be heating a room that you aren’t using, and it’s costly on your heating bills as well.
Check your windows
Reduce the heat lost through the windows of your house by making sure you close blinds and curtains when the sun goes down. This will help keep the heat in.
Check where the draughts are coming from and seal them
Air leakage through gaps in doors and windows can account for 15-25 per cent of heat loss/gain in windy locations (figures based on a Melbourne climate). So it’s worth taking the time to seal up the draughts. Check out the Liveability How to Video on how to detect draughts using incense sticks.
For the full Liveability Winter Checklist and the Liveability How to Video visit www.liveability.com.au.