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How to keep your rental home warm in winter

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Keep your rental home warm this winter and your power bills as low as possible by following our simple tips.  


You don’t need to spend a lot of money or make drastic changes to help keep the cold out, the heat in, and your electricity bills down.


Seal windows and doors


Gaps around windows and doors can be a significant source of heat loss in your home. Seal windows and doors to keep draughts out and trap warm air in.


Door snakes are a great way to stop draughts. They are inexpensive and can be put away at the end of the season. Use them on your entrance door and to isolate living spaces, preventing heat loss.


For a semi-permanent solution, add draft excluders to your front door. You can use easy-off adhesive strips to avoid damage to the door.


For windows, use self-adhesive weatherstripping to seal gaps around the frames. They can be easily removed if needed.


Add rugs as floor coverings


Acting as insulation, rugs help prevent heat loss through floors while providing a warm, comfortable surface underfoot. Used as a barrier against draughts, rugs improve overall comfort, help reduce energy costs and enhance the aesthetic appeal of your living space, making it cozier and more inviting during the colder months.


Add or swap curtains


Curtains can help retain heat in a room. Sheer curtains are great at letting in light but poor at keeping draughts out and insulating your windows. Swap them or add heavy blockout curtains that are designed to retain heat.


You can get assistance from our guide How to hang curtains.


Add a portable heater


Portable space heaters can supplement central heating and save you money by only heating a single room. When coupled with an electric timer, they allow targeted heating at specific times. 


Check out our article on How to choose heating for your home.


Fill gaps and cracks


Gaps and cracks in your home can let draughts in and warm air escape. Use insulation foam strips to fill openings in spaces such as around windows and doors, blocking draughts and conserving heat. 


For delicate surfaces, compress the foam and push it into the gap with a flathead screwdriver instead of using the adhesive strip. 


Reverse ceiling fans


For winter efficiency, switch your ceiling fan's mode by finding the selector switch on the fan body. Turning it to winter mode (usually clockwise) prompts the fan blades to rotate slowly, redistributing warm air trapped near the ceiling downward. 


Speak to your landlord about insulation


If you know your rental property is lacking sufficient insulation, it’s worth discussing with your landlord. Insulation plays a key role in keeping your home warm and can significantly reduce energy bills. It’s an asset to any property. 


More advice for keeping your home warm in winter


Check practical tips on winter-proofing your home by experienced members of the Bunnings Workshop community and the guide How to keep your home warm in winter by Adam Woodhams. 


Need further help with how to keep your rental home warm this winter? Don't hesitate to ask the Bunnings Workshop community for assistance. We’re here to help.


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