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Warm your home while saving money this winter

Warm your home while saving money this winter

Warm your home while saving money this winter

It's no secret that winters in Mount Gambier can be cold. While you may be tempted to crank up the heating, doing so can quickly drive up your energy bills. Luckily, there are a few tricks to keep your home warm while saving money this winter.

Let in that northern light

If you are wondering how to heat your house for free, here is the answer; let in the northern light. The sun sits low in the northern sky in the winter, so it’s best to make the most of it when you can.

Open blinds and windows on the northern side of your home and even prune or remove trees to allow as much sun as possible. The more sunlight you can let into your house, the warmer it will be.

Look for gaps and drafts

The cost of heating is amplified when you allow warm air to escape or cold air to get in. Check your home for drafts and gaps. Seal them with putty or a draft excluder and you will hold onto the heat more effectively.

Upgrade your curtains

Too much warm air can escape through your windows. Thick, thermal curtains, preferably with pelmets, will trap the warm air inside, keeping the room warmer for longer. Make sure to close any curtains you have left open to catch the northern light as soon as the sun dips too low.

Use rugs

Even though heat rises, you might be surprised how much heat escapes through an uninsulated floor. Throw rugs can be a quick and cheap solution. Not only will they stop heat from escaping through the floor, but they are also much more pleasant to walk on than freezing tiles or floorboards.

 

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Get the most from your heating system

Poor efficiency heaters will cost you money while failing to do their job.

Here are a few tricks and tasks you can play with to make the most out of your home’s heating:

  • Bleed your radiators: Check your radiators for cold spots. If you find some, then the unit may have air trapped inside. If so, your radiator will need bleeding: you’ll find more information here.
  • Cover your radiators: While radiators need some space around them to prevent fires, there are ways to cover them and keep the heat low. Placing a shelf over your radiator will help it circulate heat more evenly. A rug or blanket on the wall behind a radiator will also stop hot air from seeping directly into the wall; just remember not to have it touching the appliance.
  • Block the chimney: A fireplace can be a source of drafts, so block it if you never use it.
  • Use timers: Setting your heaters to turn on and off can make a huge difference. Leaving a heater running in the living room all night might be pleasant when you get up, but think of what it’s costing you. A simple plug-in timer costs as little as $10 from your local supermarket or hardware store.
  • Have your system serviced: If you are worried that your heating system is not working efficiently, the best bet is to bring in the professionals. Give the Mount Gambier Heating Experts a call for instance, and they will soon have your heating back to top shape.

Adjust your habits

Is there an alternative to cranking the heater, or can you turn it down a little? Are you putting it on the moment it is a little chilly when you might be able to wait for an hour longer?

All these questions can make a significant difference to your power bill. Even an extra hour or two a day without the heater going will save you money.

The longer you can keep the heater off, the more money you will save, so put on an extra jumper, have a hot drink or do some housework to get your blood flowing. And there is also the option to grab some chunky blankets and hit the couch (after closing all the doors of rooms your aren’t using to trap the heat in, of course.)

Insulate

This one may require some financial investment, but the long-term savings are all but incalculable.

We’ve already mentioned that losing heat will contribute to higher power bills. A well-insulated house will trap heat far more efficiently. Put in the money to insulate, and you will most likely find that you won’t need to run your heaters for as long or even as high a temperature.

Upgrades include wall and ceiling insulation, and even consider double-glazed windows to keep the heat in during winter.

Selling in winter

While these tips will help you save money this winter, there is one more thing to consider. If you’re looking to sell your home in Mount Gambier during winter, make sure it’s warm and inviting for potential buyers. By following these tips and ensuring your home is comfortable, you can attract more attention and get closer to your asking price.

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