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Keep your home warmer, and energy bills down

Keep your home warmer, and energy bills down

By Carly Nichols

Keeping homes warmer with heaters and air conditioning will help over the winter months, however, the added increase in energy consumption will directly reflect in energy bills. With more people working from home energy bills are expected to rise at a higher rate.

Now is the time to make changes that will keep the warmth in and cold out.

Here are 5 ways, you can try to make your home warmer.

1. Insulate floors and ceilings

By insulating your floors and ceilings properly you can keep warm in winter and cool in summer. If you live in an apartment block, check with strata what floor underlay you require. If you have an older house with floorboards on concrete, taking the time to add insulation will reduce noise and keep your house warmer.

2. Switch ceiling fans to reverse

As the heaters are turned on, ceiling fans are not widely used until summer starts to approach again. Ceiling fans have a reverse switch to change the setting, as the warm air rises to the ceiling this reverse switch will allow the fan to softly direct the warm air back down into the living space.

3. Don't let it slip through the cracks

Small cracks help the warm air escape and the cold air to seep in, accounting for 15-25% of heat loss. Sealing the cracks is a quick and easy win to keep the warmth in. See Bunning’s quick how-to guide here

4. Invest in curtains and outdoor blinds

Curtains and outdoor blinds are a quick way to keep your home warmer and add street appeal. An astounding 40% of the heat escaping your home is purely from not covering your windows.

External blinds help your home stay warmer by creating a layer of protection between the windows and cold air. For the best result keep your blinds as close to the window as possible. Once your outdoor blinds are constructed you may also want to invest in curtains. This will add an additional layer of protection.

5. Rugs

The cold can penetrate through the floor, by having rugs in your living room or bedroom, you not only have soft landing under your feet, but you also have added protection from the cold. Who doesn’t want a win-win?

Brighte is on a mission to make paying easy. We can help fund a range of products and services including;

Heating
Cooling
Roofing
Blinds
Shutters and much more

If you’ve been thinking about home improvements now is the time to visit the Brighte Marketplace and start browsing today!

Source:
Bradford; https://www.bradfordinsulation.com.au/information-centre/comfort-matters/top-seven-tips-for-winter-warmth
Bunnings, https://www.bunnings.com.au/diy-advice/home-improvement/walls/how-to-repair-cracks-in-plaster

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