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Winter-proof your home

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There are loads of practical ways the average Aussie can ‘winter-proof’ their home, which will make winter more comfortable and affordable, writes tradie duo The Bostik Boys.

  • Find the cracks
    Cold air can slither through the cracks throughout your home. Locating and sealing these cracks and using draft stoppers like the good old ‘door snakes’ can stop heat from escaping and save you up to 25% on your heating bill.
  • Look up – If your roof isn’t watertight, you will feel the consequences in the colder months. It might be time to enlist a professional to check for broken roof tiles or bedding and pointing that may need maintenance.
  • Dry your wet areas – If parts of your bathroom, kitchen or laundry are damaged or leaking, you could be staring down the barrel of rising damp. Ensure your wet areas are dry to avoid a much bigger problem down the track such as mould and mildew build-up.
  • Heat the rooms you frequent – Isolate the areas you want to heat by closing doors and blocking off areas of your home or office that aren’t often used. If you have central heating, check that your ducts are working properly and close off the ones in rooms you don’t use often.
  • Watch the thermostat – Keeping your home heated to 18–20°C is ideal. Every degree you reduce heat can save up to 10% on your energy use.
  • Short showers – Most of us remember to have short showers in summer to save water, but we often forget that hot water usage is responsible for around 21% of an energy bill. Shorter showers this winter will result in lower bills.
  • Choose the right décor – Shutting (or adding) curtains and blinds to a home is an easy way to stop heat escaping. A third of your heat can leak out through windows.
  • Layer up – Rather than crank up the heating, head for the wardrobe and put on another layer of clothing. If your family is comfortably walking around in shorts and t-shirts in the middle of winter, you probably have the heating set too high.
  • Check your energy plans – If you’ve been with the one gas or electricity provider for a while, spend a bit of time looking at what rates competitors can offer you. They are usually willing to offer great deals to get your business.

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