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With energy prices on the rise, and many of us still working part of the week at home, it’s the perfect time to check if your heating is working optimally.
The aim of the game when it comes to efficient heating is warming the people, not the space.
Not rocket science! Just grab a big warm jumper and your slippers and only then switch your thermostat to between 18 and 20°C – a reasonable temperature for most of us.
If you’re still not comfortable, adjust the temperature gradually. A single degree’s increase is often all you will need - advice worth heeding, with a one-degree increase adding close to 10% to your energy bills!
Consider these additional ideas to improve your energy efficiency:
Around a third of home heating can escape through gaps and cracks, so draught proofing is an easy way to reduce your household energy bill. Seal gaps around doors and windows with draught or weather strips and seals. The most effective places to place seals are external doors and windows.
For ceiling exhaust fans, or ducted underfloor heating, obtain a cover that will seal it with shutters when not in use.
The way that you live inside your home will have a big impact on your energy use and costs. The good news is that changing your habits is free! Open the curtains to the sun during the day to gain free heat, then close them when the sun goes down. Make sure you keep the doors closed to trap the warmth. 50% of your heat can escape when the curtains are open.
This is a super easy way of saving energy, given turning up the heater can mean a 10% increase in your energy bills, with every extra degree. Treat the kids (and yourself) to an animal-themed onesie - a super fun way of staying warm!
Your ceiling fan can help distribute warm air through a room during the cooler months. If your fan has a reverse rotation function, use it to push the air in the right direction for heating.
The Australian Energy Foundation’s Complete Guide to Choosing an Energy-Efficient Heater compares different types of heaters, with split system, reverse-cycle air conditioners coming out on top.
Installing thermometers in your main living areas will help keep the temperature at 18-20°C. You can get a wall thermometer from a hardware store for less than the cost of a cup of coffee!
To find out more visit Council’s Home Energy Efficiency webpage, part of Council’s Charge Ahead program or organise a free 20 minute phone consultation with Council’s energy advice service, delivered by the Australian Energy Foundation.
Visit aef.com.au or call 1300 23 68 55.