The weather is getting colder and we know that it’s tempting to switch on the heater. But as we’re spending more time at home, the last thing you want is to see that energy bill increase again!
There are a lot of things you can do before you resort to switching on the heater.
Check for any cracks in your window frames.
Have you ever noticed a little breeze from your windows even when it’s cold? Sometimes you won’t even feel a breeze but the cold air can still seep in.
Here’s how you can do a quick check:
- You require 2 people!
- Wait till night time. Bring out the torch.
- Have someone stand from the outside shining the torch at the window frame.
- From the inside see if you can detect any light coming through and mark those areas with chalk or post it notes.
- Seal the crack!
Got hardwood or tile floors? Bring out the rugs.
Similar to the cold air seeping through the window frame, it can happen with your floorboards too. Treat your feet to warm and cosy sensations with a well insulating rug! Wool or wool blend rugs do a fantastic job.
Is there a gap between the door and the floor?
Check under each door of your home, especially your front door, for a gap that could create a draught of cold air.
Grab a long draught stopper and that’s it. Kmart has it for $4!
Got a ceiling fan? Reverse the direction.
Normally, your ceiling fan rotates anti-clockwise which gives you the cool breeze during hot days.
When you switch the fan to rotate the other way (clockwise), it pushes the warm air from the ceiling downwards and the cool air from the floor upwards!
Curtains help keep the warmth in.
Whilst in summer you use your curtains to keep the heat from the sun out and create shade, you can use it for the exact opposite reason in winter.
During the day when there is sunshine, keep the curtains open and bring the natural light and heat in. When the sun sets, close your curtains to keep that heat-insulated!
A thicker curtain does this far more effectively.
Are your blankets doing their job right?
A good blanket can make all the difference, as well as using appropriate bed linen for the right weather.
Bring out the duvet and match it with a winter duvet cover. Sheep’s wool duvet is one of the warmest and also machine washable. Fleece is a good (and affordable) alternative!
Keep warm this coming winter! And if you’re in need of selling your home during this time, get in touch with our friendly team.