Heating and cooling your home

Simple changes to the way to use lighting, heating and cooling in your home can help you save energy. This guide provides some easy energy saving tips.

Heating

  • Before you turn your heater on, make sure all the warm air stays inside by closing all the windows, doors and curtains. Check for draughts and dress for warmth – another layer of clothing could mean you don’t need the heater up so high.
  • Check what level your thermostat on your heater is currently set to. Ideally you should set it at 20 degrees Celsius. If your heater doesn’t have a thermostat then put a thermometer in your living room and keep an eye on the temperature that way. 

Cooling

  • Ceiling or pedestal fans can use a tenth of the cost of an air conditioner for the same room. 
  • If you are using an air conditioner be sure to have it set between 24-25 degrees Celsius. Clean the filters regularly and make sure you close the windows and doors in the air-conditioned space, along with all curtains and blinds. Most importantly, turn off your air conditioner when you leave the house.

Lighting

  • Do you really need to light an entire area if you are only using a small section of the room? Reduce energy and use a lamp where you can.
  • Turn off the lights in rooms you aren’t using.
  • Choose a light globe with a lower wattage. 

Insulating your home

  • Doors play a really important part in retaining the heat in your home. If you do notice a draught, consider making a ‘door snake’ or draught stopper. 
  • Check for other areas where draughts can come through. Windows can be draught-proofed with insulation strips from a hardware store.
  • If you have unused pet doors consider sealing them. Any gaps within your home contribute to heat loss.
  • Uncovered windows account for up to 40 per cent of heat loss in the winter. Use heavy, lined curtains that fall below the window to keep warmth in.
  • Install pelmets on the top of your windows – they sit on top of your curtain rods and prevent cold air from getting in. A cheaper alternative is putting a heavy blanket or towel on top of your curtain rod.

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