3 steps to help you stay warm and save money this winter
Winter is coming…but luckily, it’s easy to get prepared for the cold weather that’s on the way! Follow our 3 steps to help you stay warm and save money this winter.
1. Improve Comfort
First things first, improve the comfort of your home. Returning to a warm home this winter is possible with a number of simple changes. Here are some things to look out for:
Seal those draughts: On average, gaps in your home add up to a hole the size of one square metre! Luckily, you can seal these with affordable products you can get from your local hardware store. For more visit our draught proofing page.
Warm up your windows: Double glazing is great but can be expensive, so instead try plastic film which acts just like double glazing but without the price tag! And remember, thick curtains and pelmets can make a big difference in helping keep the cold out! For more info and videos on how to install plastic double glazing check out our windows page.
Insulate Insulate Insulate! Most homes in Australia don’t have enough insulation, so it’s well worth checking out if you have enough in your home. As a rule of thumb, if the insulation in your ceiling is less than 20cm thick, you need to top it up! Understand how insulation works with the help of a coffee cup.
2. Heat Smartly
On really cold days we all need some heating to get through winter. So make sure this winter you are heating smartly.
Most people don’t know that those trusty air conditioners are actually very efficient heaters in winter. The efficient models can be even cheaper than gas heating. This is especially the case if you have solar PV on your roof, as the solar can power the heating when the sun is shining. So if you need to heat your home, consider investing in a split system reverse cycle A/C. And remember, avoid those energy -guzzling electric heaters! Read more about heating and cooling here and check out Ausgrid’s excellent heating guide.
3. Go solar!
Solar in winter-time? Huh? We know what you are thinking, but yes, the sun still shines in winter-time and in fact, it can be a great time for powering your reverse cycle A/C along with your other appliances.