It’s that time of the year again, and all around Victoria people are getting ready to crank up their heaters. If only the bills wouldn’t crank up too! More than half the energy we use in our homes goes to our heating. And it’s not so good for the environment either, with heating being a major source of household greenhouse gas emissions.
Thankfully you can be warm without chewing through the greenhouse pollution, just by using these smart tips to heat your home.
- Make sure your home is insulated. It can save you up to 45 percent on your heating and cooling costs. It means that the insulation will pay for itself in lower bills. And never fear, we promise it really isn’t dangerous. Here's why
- Make sure your heating’s not too high. Throwing on a jumper and turning down your thermostat by two degrees will save you a whopping 890 kg of greenhouse gas each year. How good!
- Having an efficient heating system isn’t much use if all the heat disappears out the window. Make sure you get your heater serviced professionally this year. Or if you’re in the market for a newbie, invest in an efficient system. We’ve already done the maths for you
- 40 percent of heat escapes through uncovered windows so use heavy, lined curtains that extend below the window frame to keep the warmth in. And if you’re gonna go the whole hog, install pelmets above the windows.
But of course there’s always more you can do. Pop the kettle on, brew that cuppa and snuggle up for even more handy hints here
And if you have any suggestions of your own we’d love to hear them! Share them with us below.