1. Keep the heat you're paying for inside your home
Draught-proofing is one of the cheapest ways to keep your home warm and can save you up to 25% on your heating bills.
To prevent heat loss, seal off gaps like those around windows and doors, and at flooring-to-wall junctions.
Install weather seals around doors and install draught stoppers on exhaust fans. Internal doors can also benefit from weather seals when closing off rooms you're not heating, such as laundries and bathrooms.
Read more about ventilation and airtightness on Your Home and ask about home energy assessments.
2. If you have a thermostat set it to a comfortable temperature
A programmable thermostat can save you money. Keep the internal temperature of your heating set to between 18°C and 20°C.
Every degree you increase your heating can add up to 10% on energy use.
Set your thermostat to warm your house for times you need it. Turn it off overnight and when you’re away from home.
3. Reverse cycle is still cheaper than buying firewood
Reverse cycle air conditioners use heat pump technology to deliver 4 or 5 times as much heat to your home as they use in electric power, so, despite the recent price rises, they are often “far cheaper, cleaner, healthier, and safer than burning gas, LPG, or wood” even in colder climates such as Armidale.
4. Windows of opportunity
Up to 40% of a home’s heating energy can be lost through the windows.
Investing in quality curtains and blinds can make a surprising difference to your home’s warmth. Look for fabrics that insulate well, or curtains with thermal lining.
Fitted pelmets (curtain boxes) above curtains also reduce heat loss. A low-cost option could be to fit a strip of light timber across your curtain rail. Alternatively, you could hang curtains from the ceiling to the floor.
Thermal film or secondary glass panels added to existing window fittings are a cheaper alternative to double-glazing.
Read more about windows and glazing on Your Home.
5. Insulate your roof
Save 45% or more on your heating costs by installing roof and ceiling insulation.
Stop heat escaping from your home by installing or topping up insulation. Ceiling insulation can reduce your home’s winter heat loss by 25 to 35%.
Talk to an expert to find out what's best for your home and its climate. It's important to safely install insulation that meets Australian standards.
Read more about insulation on Your Home.