When heating your home, only heat the rooms you are using. Close the ducts in rooms you don’t use often, such as spare bedrooms, or bathrooms during times you are not showering or bathing. For rooms which lack ducts, such as the laundry or storage areas, close the doors to these rooms before you turn on the heater. This will heat your house quicker, and less energy means lower bills!
Here are some other tips on how to heat your home in winter, without breaking the bank:
- In winter, set the temperature between 18-20 degrees. Each degree over this range will result in approximately a 10% increase in your heating bill. It costs between $200-1000 to heat and cool a typical home each year, so the less you use the heater or air conditioner, the more your bills will drop. In winter, most people will reach for the heater controls before even thinking of warming themselves in other ways. By breaking this habit and doing things such as putting on an extra layer, or warm socks or slippers before you turn on the heater, you’ll save on your heating bills. Re-think the use of the heater, reduce the amount you use it and watch your savings add up. Even a slight delay in heating or cooling usage will add up over time.
- You can further save on heating and by making your home more heat efficient. By insulating the ceiling, floors and walls properly, as well as limiting the heat flow through these areas, windows and other gaps, it will take less energy to heat your home. Up to 35% of your heat will be lost if your ceiling is not insulated properly.
- If you have wooden or tiled floors, or floors made through any other ‘cold’ material, rugs or carpet will assist with keeping the house warmer in winter. In terms of heating and cooling, windows are generally the weakest point of the house. In summer they will rapidly gain and distribute heat and in winter they will lose up to 10 times as much heat as the wall they are on. Both of these can be reduced by fitting curtains, such as ‘black out’ curtains (curtains with a heavy backing designed to block out light).
- By sealing gaps or cracks around doors, windows and skirting boards, it will allow the house to heat more efficiently, which will save you money on your heating bill. Gaps around doors can be sealed as easily as placing a cheap, trusty ‘door snake’ along the bottom gap.
- Leaving the heater running when nobody is home is costly, and depending on your heating system it can also be dangerous. Avoid doing this where possible.