Dress your home for winter

June 2014

Now that winter is officially here, be sure to keep your home cosy by dressing it to keep the heat in.

Ausgrid’s energy efficiency expert Paul Myors said the best way to save on heating costs during winter was to prepare to keep the cool air out.

People can save hundreds of dollars a year by improving the insulation and basic design of their home.

Draughts that suck away warm air can increase your heating costs by up to 25 per cent. 

A door snake is a cheap and simple solution to stop under door draughts and can be found in most supermarkets. Sealing products are also available from hardware stores to blocks gaps around windows and doors.

Ceiling insulation can reduce heating costs by up to 30 per cent, saving you more than $100 a year. Wall insulation is also effective and recommended if you’re building or renovating your home.

To further minimise heat loss, cover your windows by closing curtains and blinds,  There is one exception to this rule however - open curtains & blinds on north facing windows on sunny days to let the sun in to naturally heat your home.

Laying rugs on bare floors is another simple way to keep your feet warm and they can also help to hold in the heat.

Rugging-up in winter is one of the easiest and cheapest ways to keep warm so consider using blankets on the sofa and pull on a warm jumper.

When you’re using a heater, remember to zone off rooms by closing doors so you’re only heating the areas you’re using.

Heaters use a lot of energy compared to other appliances, so try to avoid overheating your home. Keeping the temperature between 18 and 21 degrees Celsius will help to reduce energy costs. Each degree above this adds about 10 per cent to your heating costs.

Check out Ausgrid’s winter heating guide for more tips. 

Wall mounted heater