Keep heating costs down this winter

With various parts of Australia experiencing exceptionally low temperatures, it is not surprising that there are many people who are concerned about their heating costs as we head into winter.  Such apprehension is certainly not unfounded - the expense of running even just small artificial heating devices can definitely add up. 

There are numerous ways to reduce your reliance on artificial heating this winter, which can go some way to help financially as the cost of energy rises. 

Seal up gaps
Essentially any gaps under doors and open windows will both let heat escape and see cold air enter your home, reducing the impact of your heating system.  Simple adhesive strips that can be purchased at a hardware store can seal off such gaps nicely and are easy to install. 

It can also help to keep the doors to typically cooler rooms that are not heated, such as the laundry, closed when they are not in use.  When these rooms are open it simply creates a larger area to be heated, which both costs more and sucks heat away from other living areas. 

Work with the sun
Even in winter the sun is a powerful source of heat for your home.  Take full advantage of this free resource by keeping curtains/blinds open during the day, allowing the sun to work its wonders on your home, heating up surfaces such as your floors.  Seal this heat in at nighttime by closing your blinds when the sun goes down. 

Keep blankets handy
It can be ever so tempting to turn up the heat when you are in a sedentary position, such as when sitting on the lounge reading or watching television.  By keeping a blanket or throw rug handy, you can warm up pretty quickly and cut out your need for a heater. 

Set your thermostat to reduce overnight
If you must sleep with a heater on, set the temperature so that it automatically decreases during times when you are asleep, warm under blankets, where you will barely notice a change in temperature.   Every degree that you can reduce your heating will save you money on your energy bill.

When it comes to reducing your energy bill I usually find that it’s the little things that can make a big difference to the bottom line figure you must pay.  By resisting the urge to turn up the heat, instead making small changes around your home, you should be able to save yourself some precious funds. 

Posted by Charles Tarbey on 21/06/2011 at 8:53 AM | Categories:

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