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Keeping your house warm for less

by Colin Kemp

With winter now setting in, it is a great time to check your house for air leaks. It costs enough money to heat our homes so make sure you are not heating any more area than you need to. Sometimes we over look the small things that can save us money.

In the Wimmera, a lot of our homes have ducted evaporative cooling systems that do a great job over the hot months, but let out the hot air when we need it the most during winter. A quick and easy way to stop that is to remove the plastic vents in your ducts and insert a blanking cover. For my home, it took around 30 minutes to cut 24 pieces of 12 mm chip board, apply a quick coat of ceiling white then install them. These simple covers help prevent heat loss. In the warmer months, I can simply wash my plastic vents and put them back in the ceiling.

Only heat the space you need. If you have rooms off your living area that do not need to be heated, close the doors.

Check your windows and make sure they are closing properly and not allowing drafts in. Sometimes some simple foam tape can help seal a draught making it easier to keep your home warm.

Good blinds and curtains on your windows will also help keep the heat in and keep your living space cosy and comfortable.

Last but not least, seal off the gaps at the bottom of your doorways with draught sausages. They might look a little daggy, but placing them against the door that has a gap at the bottom will help lower your bills to keep the room warm.

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Sustainability Tips
  In the Home consider low water use plants for the garden.

At work open window shades for light rather than running electric globes all day.

When driving don't drive. Consider walking or riding to the shops or work.
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