But, this all comes at a (high) cost. Between keeping your house warm, the weather and the increased time spent inside, it’s no wonder that one of the biggest expenses Australians face is energy costs. So how do you save on your electricity bill this winter without freezing at home? We have a few ideas.
Keep the Heating Temperatures Lower
Rapidly changing the temperature of an environment from cold to hot or vice versa requires a significant amount of energy, so keeping an electric heater blasting at 25°C is likely to send your energy bill to skyrocket. Energy company advises that families keep the temperature of their thermostat at a consistent level for longer periods between 18°C-20°C, than at higher temperatures.
Heat the Areas You Use Most
If you’re the kind of person that enjoys a good book and transforms into a hermit, you’ll probably benefit from this one. By making sure that you’re only heating the rooms that you’re using is a good way to reduce your consumption of electricity and thereby minimising your costs.
Make Sure Your Home is Well Insulated
Arguably, the most important step of all to reduce your energy bill is to make sure the heat you’re getting is actually staying inside your property. Without appropriate thermal insulation, your home will be letting out a sizeable amount of heat and with it, money from your wallet. Many builders these days are more conscious of insulating the building envelope such as windows, walls and roof of newer properties. For existing homes, the key areas, you should be focused on insulating are your ceiling entrances and windows as these can account for up to 80% of heat loss in winter.
How Can I Keep the Heat in My Home?
Entranceways are one of the biggest sources of grief when it comes to keeping the heat in your house. Cool draughts can suddenly ruin the experience of everyone in your living room, leaving the heater to tick up the dreaded KWh count. Additionally, gaps between your door and the ground can be parasitic for your home, slowly letting the heat out along with your money. Sealing up these gaps with weatherproof seals will help to keep the heat in and reduce your heating cost considerably this winter.
Double Glazed Windows
Using only a single pane of glass in your windows can have a significant effect on your energy usage. A great way to put a dent in your bill this winter is investing in double glazed windows, which will keep the heat in your home during winter and keep the heat out during summer. If replacing your window is not an option, you can add secondary glazing that will transform your existing window into a double glazed window. Secondary glazing creates an air gap that will act as a thermal barrier, keeping your home comfortable all year round.
What Can Magnetite Do to Help?
At Magnetite, we offer a range of specialised products, designed to keep your home comfortable all year round and save on energy.
Insulate Entrance Ways
For entrance ways, Magnetite stops heat from leaking out of your property with Sealtite, weatherproofing & acoustic seal which are designed to insulate your property from both, noise and temperature. Sealtite can be customised to seal gaps around doors of all sizes and the perimeters of all windows in your house without affecting their functionality. The Sealtite range includes perimeter window and door seals, door stop seals and bottom seals.
Magnetite offers thermal insulation for most type of doors including entry door, French door and sliding door. When it comes to sliding doors, we can install Magnetite ® retrofit double glazing or Soundtite, secondary aluminium system in front of an existing door. Alternatively, for a hinged door, we can install a secondary door that will open to the opposite side of your existing door – i.e., if the existing door opens outward, our door will open inward.
Double Glaze Existing Windows
Magnetite offers double glazing solution for existing windows to keep your home comfortable all year round without having to replace your windows. The systems are designed to reduce noise and thermally insulate your property in the summer and winter.
By installing Magnetite products, you invest in your home, saving hundreds of dollars on your energy bills, all year round.