Mildura Weekly : Friday May 16 2014 Vol 8 No 28
Mildura Weekly – 16/05/14 21 www.milduraphonebook.com.au WINTER WARMTH The Riverland’s guide to helping you keep warm this Winter 10 TOP TIPS FOR Energy-efficient + cost effective ways to keep warm The cold and dark months of winter is when we spend more time indoors and turn up our heating. It’s also when our energy bills and our greenhouse gas emissions tend to soar. While we all need to keep warm, there are a number of ways we can do so while using less energy. 1. Harness the power of the sun The most efficient and cheapest way to heat your home is to make use of the free heat from the sun. During the day open the shades and let the sunshine in. This will provide mid-day warmth and you may have less need to turn on the heater. If only one room receives most of the sunlight, close adjacent doors so that the heat is concentrated in that area. 2. Stop the heat escaping Once the sun has gone down, use heavy curtains to stop heat escaping from your windows. Up to 40% of the heat escaping your home in winter is from uncovered windows. Heavy, lined curtains which extend below the window frame will insulate your windows and help keep the warmth in. 3. Install insulation in your house (or top-up old and thinning insulation) A well insulated house can use as much as 45% less energy for heating and cooling, which means that insulation pays for itself in cheaper bills. With energy prices set to rise, installing insulation is a smart way of avoiding excessive bills in the future. 4. Block drafts Drafts are one of the leading causes of high heating bills. Take some time to seal up cracks and gaps using weather stripping around doors and windows, gap filler for cracks in the walls and even a simple door snake for the bottom of the door. These are all available at your local hardware store for a low cost. 5. Install pelmets on top of your windows These are boxes which sit over your cur tain rod and prevent cold air coming in. 6. KEEP DOORS CLOSED To eliminate wasting energy, heating areas you’re not using. 7. Watch the temperature Heat the rooms you are using to around 20oC in winter, a comfortable temperature for most people. A programable thermostat will allow you to adjust the times you turn on the heating, according to a pre -set schedule. You can lower the temperature while you are sleeping or out of the house. If you don’t have a programmable thermostat on your heater, place a thermometer in your living area to keep an eye on the temperature. And think of putting on a jumper before you try turning up the heat. 8. Maintain your heaters Getting your heater ser viced professionally at least every two years will keep it running more efficiently. Keeping heaters free of dust and cleaning any filters regularly will also help. 9. Insulate hot water pipes Wrap external hot water pipes with simple lagging (insulating tape) to reduce the heat loss from your hot water tank to the taps, and reduce the energy needed to get your hot water. It can be bought cheaply from your local hardware shop. 10. rug up Wear more clothes! By putting on an extra jumper or by covering up your feet, you might reduce the need to switch on the heater. Keep the winter chill out & Increase your energy effi ciency with the professional installation of • Holland Blinds • Roller shutters • Ve rtical Drapes • Ziptracks Contact Mark Shugg 08 8588 1488 | 0417 846 503 8 Anderson St, BARMERA HAVE AWNINGS OR PERMANENT SCREENS INSTALLED ON YOUR PERGOLA OR VERANDAH ♦ Wind block in excess of 96% ♦ Rain block in excess of 97% ♦ UV-R blockout from 92% - 94% ♦ Five year warranty on fabric 1B Dickerson Street Barmera SA 08 8588 1444 RIVERLAND CALL FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE SWIMSPA (AS ILLUSTRATED) AND OTHER SPA AND SWIMSPAS AVAILABLE. SEE THE ENTERTAINER MODEL IN STORE NOW.
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