Budget Busting Winter Home Heating Tips
There is no doubt about it, it can be costly keeping your house warm over Winter, and quite a bit of Australia is about to be hit by a cold snap. Whether you choose electric heating, gas, oil, or wood fire heating, the costs add up, and can often result in bill shock when the bill arrives. If this has happened to you, we have a few tips to help keep down the costs of keeping you warm over Winter, without breaking the budget.
Invest in Thick Curtains or Blinds
Quite a lot of heat is lost in your house through glass windows. Investing in thick (or even rubber backed) curtains or blinds, and keeping them closed at night can help keep heat in, and reduce heating bills. If you are renting and don’t have this option, try hanging blankets or towels over windows – anything you can do to cover them will help to keep heat in. If the window faces the sun during the day, open curtains or blinds to let the sun in, and close the as soon as it disappears. Add a rug to floor boards and tiles and take it up over the warmer months – it really helps.
Draughts are another culprit that cool your house or apartment, letting in cold air, leading to higher heating costs. Invest in door snakes to cut the draughts under doors (both internal and external), and ensure windows are sealed. Keep doors closed to any rooms you aren’t using, to help keep the rooms you are warm.
Insulation can add a couple of degrees to your home (and take them off over the warmer months), and given the rising costs of energy, is well worth the investment over time. There are different types of insulation, to suit different budgets and ethical philosophies (eco friendly etc), so speak to a few installers before making a decision. Get recommendations from friends and family if possible too – if they are happy with something, it is likely they can guide you.
Sit under a Blanket or Wrap up in a Snuggie/Oodie
Most of us have blankets or doonas at home, and if you are sitting watching TV or your device, why not wear an Oodie, Snuggie, or sit under a blanket or warm rug. This will help keep you warmer, meaning you can turn your home heating down a few degrees, which will save on heating costs.
Wear Warmer Clothes
It sounds so simple, but many of us turn the heat up rather than putting on a thicker jumper. If you have warm clothes – jumper, hat, gloves, scarf, warmer socks, wear them both inside and outside the house. They keep you warm and snuggly, and are better at keeping body heat in, keeping you warmer for longer, again allowing you to drop your home heating a few degrees. I’m sitting here writing in a hat and scarf, and I feel much warmer.
We hope these tips have given you a few ideas on how to keep you, your family, and your home warm over Winter. What do you do to keep warm over Winter? Let us know in the comments below – we love a good budget busting Winter Warmth tip.