5 Easy Tips To Keep Your House Warm and Your Power Bill Low
In New Zealand, roughly 75% of housing have insufficient ceiling insulation and 70% have insufficient flooring insulation. That is a serious problem when you consider how heat is lost.
Almost 42% of heat is lost through the ceiling while 10% is lost through the floor. That is 52%!!! If you are cranking your heater to make up for that loss, than you definitely need to read on to see how you can save your power bill with some quick fixes.
If under floor heating solutions and other heating technologies are out of your budget, don’t worry, millions of other Kiwi’s are in the same position. Below are 5 easy-to-do tips that can make a huge difference.
Tip 1: Window Caulking
Window caulk is a wet filler/sealant that you can apply around the edge of your windows. Once hardened, the filler will block any draught. This is particularly useful for old windows with a ton of wear. The process is simple to do and requires minimal tools. Check out this window caulking video to see how it is done.
Tip 2: Weather Stripping
Weather stripping is another solution for leaky windows. This inexpensive applicant is an adhesive strip that can come in a variety of materials such as rubber or foam. Simply apply and press the strips around the frame of the window to provide a nice warm seal. Check out Bunnings installation video to see how easy it is!
Tip 3: Candles and Flower Pots
If you didn’t know that you can DIY your own heater without electricity, well now you know. Use a metal cooking tray and place candles in there. Place a small clay flower pot over the tray and then place a larger pot over. This will provide a nice heating solution for approximately 4 hours. Be cautious if you have pets and children as open flames are a fire hazard. We don’t want your entire house becoming a heater for the whole street!!! Check out this video to see how you create your powerless heater.
Tip 4: Cozy Rugs
Rather than spend a tremendous amount on under floor heating and insulation. Go for a cheaper alternative in rugs. Generally, thick and dense rugs provide the best solutions to trap heat that would otherwise be lost through the floor. Wool rugs are the best insulators of heat. The thick woolen piles will add nice warmth as well as a cozy seating area for you to enjoy. Check out the latest range of woolen rugs here.
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If wool is out of your budget, then opt for the polypropylene rugs. The thick dense polypropylene rugs are affordable alternatives that provide the added benefit of being 100% washable; perfect for homes with pets and children. Browse the coziest affordable collection of rugs here.
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Tip 5: Curtains
The last a final tip is the installation of curtains. These don’t need to be expensive. Using a sheet or blanket would suffice. During the day (weather permitting), allow for as much sunlight. When the sun fades, close the curtains to trap the heat in the room.There you have it New Zealand. Five simple steps to warm up your areas without having to spend a fortune.