Warm your home for winter

Winter web

With winter not far away, now is a great time to look at how our homes deal with cool air.

Ausgrid’s energy efficiency specialist Robert Simpson said the best way to save hundreds on home heating costs was to keep the cool air out, and there are simple steps we can all take whether you own your home or rent.

Draughts can increase heating costs by up to 25 per cent. A door snake is a cheap and simple solution to stop under door draughts.

Use the sun to naturally heat your home by opening blinds and curtains on north facing windows during sunny days, but remember to cover up other windows to minimise heat loss.

Ceiling insulation can reduce heating costs by up to 30 per cent, saving you more than $100 a year.

An Ausgid survey found 82% of customers heated their homes to a temperature greater than 21 degrees Celsius. 

When you are using a heater, we recommend setting the temperature between 18 and 21 degrees during winter.

Each extra degree above this adds about 10 per cent to heating costs.

If you’re looking to buy a heater consider the space you want to use it in and be sure to zone off by closing doors so you’re only heating the areas you’re using.

Portable electric heaters like bar radiators and fan heaters are often the cheapest to buy and are designed for personal heating, but be aware of running costs if using them for long periods.

It’s easy to spend more on electricity in one week from using a small fan heater than the cost of the heater itself.

To heat larger spaces like family rooms it makes sense to invest in an efficient reverse cycle air conditioner or gas heater. While they have a higher up-front cost, they can deliver more heat at a lower running cost compared to portable electric heaters, and you will save money in the long run.