Keep Warm This Winter
With winter peeking around the corner & the end of our oddly warm but wet summer all but over the team at Firstangle thought we might give you a few ideas on how to reduce your energy consumption yet stay warm through the winter months.
About 45 percent of the energy used in your home goes towards heating and cooling it, so finding a way to run your system efficiently can make a big difference – especially to your energy bill! Here are our Ten Top Tips to keep you feeling warm this winter.
- Insulate your home. A well insulated home can use up to 45% less energy for heating and cooling.
- Install good quality curtains and pelmets. Up to 40% of the heat escaping from your home in winter is from uncovered windows. Heavy, lined curtains help to insulate your windows, and pelmets stop drafts from entering your home. If pelmets aren’t an option, a door ‘snake’ resting on top of your curtain rod can be used inconspicuously, providing the same effect. Don’t forget to open your curtains during the day – especially those on north facing windows – let the sunshine heat your home for free!
- Seal cracks and gaps. This can account for 15-25% of heat loss in your home – An average Victorian home has the equivalent of a 1m x 1.5m window open all the time! Installing weather stripping around doors and windows, using gap filler on cracks in your walls, and leaving a door ‘snake’ at the bottom of your front and back doors can reduce the drafts that make you ‘feel’ cold.
- Correctly zone your heating system. Only heat the rooms that you are using, and don’t leave your system on overnight or while you’re out. Install a timer if necessary.
- Install an efficient heating and cooling system. Radiant electric heating, such as radiators, electric heaters, or fan heaters often are the most expensive and carbon-intensive. Natural gas has a third of the carbon pollution and costs much less, however the best option is direct heat, such as a hot water bottle!
- Heat your home to a comfortable temperature. 20 degrees celcius is a comfortable temperature for most people in winter. Set your heating system to 20 degrees during the day, or if you don’t have a programmablethermostat, place a thermometer in your room to ensure you aren’t overheating your home.
- Think twice about turning up the heater – put on another layer of clothing first! Wear loose fitting layers rather than tight clothing, socks as well as slippers, and reach for a warm wool blanket before turning on the heater.
- Maintain your heater. Have your heater serviced by a professional every two years, clean the filters regularly and keep the heater free of dust to ensure your system runs as efficiently as possible.
- Cook a hearty meal! Heating up your oven will warm your kitchen, cooking a meal will warm your belly, and leaving the oven door open after cooking will allow the heat to escape into your home.
- Take a hot shower. Not only will the shower quickly warm you up, but the steam will raise moisture levels in your home.