The mercury has dropped and winter has arrived so it’s important to prepare your home to stay comfortable indoors and keep energy bills down.
Ausgrid’s energy efficiency expert Paul Myors said there are some simple steps you can take to keep the cold air out and the warm air in during the cooler months.
Home heating costs can increase by up to 25% because of draughts that suck away warm air. A simple door snake is a cheap solution to stop under door draughts and can be found in most supermarkets.
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 as it minimises heat loss.
Ceiling insulation will make your home more comfortable and can reduce your heating costs by up to 30%. Wall insulation is also effective and recommended for new homes.
Laying rugs on bare floors will help reduce heat loss and are a simple and much cheaper alternative to underfloor insulation.
Remember winter is the time to rug up. It’s one of the easiest and cheapest ways to keep warm so pull out a warm blanket and wear lots of layers.
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% to your heating costs.
Check out Ausgrid’s winter heating guide for more tips.