Keep the heat in this winter

May 2011

There are some simple steps you can take to prepare your home for winter this year to ensure the warm air stays inside where it’s needed.

According to Ausgrid’s energy efficiency expert Paul Myors, it’s important to make sure your home is thermally efficient before you switch your heater on.

Draughts and unwanted air leakages can suck away the warmth, increasing home heating costs by up to 25 percent. Door snakes are cheap to buy and are a great solution to stop under door draughts.

Covering windows by closing curtains and blinds helps prevent heat escaping from your home. If you are building or renovating, consider installing double glazed windows and insulation as they both minimise heat loss.

Ceiling insulation will make your home more comfortable and can reduce your heating costs by up to 30 percent. Wall insulation is also effective and recommended for new homes.

A simple alternative to underfloor insulation is to lay rugs on bare floors, which will help reduce heat loss.

One of the easiest and affordable ways to keep warm is to pull on a jumper, a pair of thick socks and slippers, and throw on a blanket.

If you decide to turn the heater on, remember to only heat the room you’re using and set the thermostat between 18 and 21 degrees Celsius. Every degree above this adds about 10 per cent to your heating costs.

For more winter heating tips check out Ausgrid’s winter heating guide.

Keep the heat in during winter