Keeping your home cosy in the colder months is something that we all work towards. When the winter chill starts tickling at our skin and we begin to dig through our closets for our warmest jumpers and coats, you know it’s time to start thinking about putting the heater on. In today’s modern home, there are plenty of options available for staying warm, and luckily for us and our planet – many of these options are now eco-friendly.
Australia is actually one of the most forward thinking when it comes to environmental impact innovation, and when it comes to heating your home you know that you’re going to be spoiled for choice far beyond the traditional fan heater. Take a look at our top seven tricks and tips – from choosing the perfect fireplace surrounds to finding the right insulation for your extension – and enjoy the eco-flavour when heating your home this winter.
Seal and insulate your home
The costs for heating your home make up a huge portion of your overall power bill – so why not slash those costs and make sure that your heater is working as efficiently as possible? One of the biggest problems when it comes to heat loss in your home is having poor insulation or cracks where heat can escape from.
The fix for this? Making sure that you have great insulation and that you’ve sealed up your home as effectively as possible. Check around your doors, you windows and in your attic. In many cases, keeping your home warm can be as simple as putting a door snake at the bottom of doors with wide gaps. Take a look around your home – you might be surprised with what you find.
Get eco heaters
If you love getting outdoors and entertaining, then you need to be keeping warm as the nights get cooler. A great way to make sure you’re staying warm is to invest in an eco-friendly heater for your patio or verandah. An eco-friendly heater is one which uses minimal power but still does a great job of keeping you toasty warm.
Perhaps you have a gas heater which you’re looking to upgrade, or you’re doing a renovation and planning a new outdoor area. Whatever your reason for seeking a new outdoor heater, make sure it’s an environmentally friendly one.
Make the most of the natural warmth of the sun and invest in some skylights for your home. You need to consider the location and slant of your roof and rooms and position your skylights so that you’re getting maximum bang for your buck.
Always remember that the sun rises in the east and sets in the west, so if you can enjoy a bit of morning sun in your lounge room or kitchen – wherever you spend most time in the morning you’ll enjoy that best.
Get fired up
You want to ensure that you are investing in the most environmentally-friendly solutions for your home and that you are getting maximum bang for your buck. One key way to do this is with a fireplace. Not only does a fire offer tremendous warmth and cosiness, you’ll also enjoy being able to burn environmentally-friendly materials and steer clear of using power or gas to heat your home.
Think about the kind of fireplace surrounds you want and consider the positioning of your fireplace to ensure that you’re heating efficiently – and that you’re being safe as well.
Landscape for protection
Make sure that the plants and trees you have in and around your home are protecting your house against wind and keeping the heat in wherever possible. If you have a window where the afternoon sun comes marching in, make sure you don’t have trees or plants blocking the natural light. Or if you want to create a screen in your home, be sure to plant some shrubs or trees where they’ll grow to good effect.