It can be a challenge to keep your home warm in the winter. Cranking up the heater is an easy option, but not a sustainable one – especially with rising power prices and costs of living.
Stay toasty without breaking the bank by following the tips below and let us know if you need a hand.
1. Insulate your house
Insulation acts as a barrier to heat flow and is one of the best ways to improve your home’s energy efficiency. It can keep your home warm in winter and cool in summer, reducing your energy consumption. The Bunnings team has shared step-by-step instructions on how to insulate your roof, ceiling, walls and floor.
It can be lovely to sit by the heater on a chilly day. There is a wide variety of indoor and outdoor options, including electric, gas and wood-burning heaters. Workshop member Leanne (@craftyhopper) opted for a Scandia wood heater when building a fireplace and feature wall in her home.
Blinds trap a layer of air that prevents heat transfer through windows. Where possible, install blinds so the edges are flush with the wall, rather than leaving a gap where heat can escape. Block-out curtains can also reduce heat loss in your room.
Besides heaters, there are other electrical appliances you can use to warm up different parts of your home, including heated towel rails and combination heat lamp/extractor fan/lights. These devices may need to be installed by licensed electricians. Please refer to product labels for instructions.
Carpets and rugs are an easy way to cover floorboards and insulate your home, reducing heat lost through the floor. They're also a great way to add a touch of personality and warmth to your home while feeling great underfoot.
A drying cupboard is a custom D.I.Y. solution to a common problem. Wanting a more effective method of drying clothes in the winter, John (@John916) used Kaboodle cupboards and drawers to build a clothes drying cupboard with a heater vent.