As the weather cools down across Australia, it can be tempting to swap out your air-conditioning or fan with heating. While heating is a necessity in colder parts of Australia, taking some simple steps to keep yourself and your home warm this winter could see you using less heating and saving on your electricity bills. Try these easy tips to stay cosy this winter while keeping your electricity costs low.
Close windows and doors after dusk
As the sun goes down for the day, the weather naturally cools. To ensure your home doesn't get too cold as the sun sets, make sure you don't leave too many doors and windows open around your place. In winter, leaving one secure window open in a central living area or your bedroom for fresh air overnight is often enough.
Keep curtains open during the day
When the sun is shining during the day, leave the curtains open in south-facing rooms to let heat from the sun stream into your home.
One of the cosiest parts of winter is wearing warm jumpers and curling up on the couch for a good movie or book. Keep your go-to warm jumpers, socks, and throw blankets easily accessible so you can warm up without putting the heating on or needing to turn your heating up too high.
Be mindful of cold coming through your floors
In winter, the cold can often come up through the floors of your home especially if your floor coverings are tiles, laminate, or timber. Make sure you wear thick socks and slippers to keep your feet warm. You can also insulate your floor and minimise the amount of cold coming up into your home by adding a rug to your living area.
Switch your ceiling fans
Ever noticed a small switch on your ceiling fans and wondered what it was for? These switches can be turned onto summer or winter mode. In summer mode, your ceiling fan will rotate counter-clockwise to push hot air up. In winter mode, your ceiling fan will rotate clockwise to keep heat inside rooms. Try using your ceiling fan on a low setting in winter mode to keep hot air inside your rooms.
And, if you really need your heater...
Try to use heating in the rooms you use. If you know you'll mostly spend time in your lounge area and bedroom, heat those areas and leave the doors to other parts of your home closed so your heating system or space heater doesn't need to work too hard.