We expend a lot of energy within the house to keep ourselves warmer in the winter. But there are simple ways you can adopt to cut back on your electricity bill. We’ve listed out a few things that will help you have a warm and cosy home on an economical budget.
Cover the walls and door
Heat can escape through every surface. If your walls are not properly insulated you’ll be spending a lot of money and energy to reheat your home. You can add to the heating process by covering up the walls. You can use pictures, mirrors etc. It might be a small change but in the long run, these small values can add up to a greater amount. A very effective way of doing this is covering a wall with a bookcase. Think of adding a layer of curtain to your door as well. The more insulation you provide, the warmer your house will be.
Cover the floor
Heat can be lost through the floor as well. This is why most of the winter houses have carpet flooring. If you have a timber floor, consider the use of comfortable rugs and small carpets. You can look for cheap carpets at flea markets or look into alpaca rugs for sale. Cover up cracks or gaps in the floor with filler.
Use of thick curtains
It is highly important that we don’t let heat escape out. Just like you would dress yourself in layers such as sweaters, woollen hats and alpaca coats in Australia, you have to dress up your home in warm insulation. Try not to go for cheap curtains lined with a thermal layer. Select the curtains with the heaviest material. If replacing your old fabric is too expensive to try for a more economic material option like fleece. Close all your curtains at night to avoid letting out heat.
Let natural daylight inside the house
Open up all your drapes at day so the interior will be warmed by the sun. If you’re building a house or thinking of renting a new apartment or house, pay some attention to the orientation of the house. In temperate countries, it is better when most of the surface area faces the east and west; building orientation to east and west. This will get you better sunlight exposure. You can plant a tree to cover this expanse so that it will be shaded in the summer.
Cover up your chimney
If your chimney is only decorative, then it is a given that some heat will escape through it. If it is not in use, cover up the chimney by a chimney balloon. It is placed inside the chimney passage and left out of sight. It inflates and completely blocks the opening, preventing cold air coming in and heated air going out.
Close unused rooms
Close rooms that you don’t use like guest bedrooms, so that you limit the amount of space that is there to be heated. It will be much easier to heat up a smaller space as well.