The seasonal change in weather is one cause for the increase in the consumption of energy resulting in high power bills. Whether we are in summer or winter, it has driven us to find alternate methods to keep costs down to a minimum.
Let’s face it. Winter is around the corner. And when the winter chills set in, most of us have to always turn up the thermostat in our (leaky, poorly insulated) homes. It does cause our houses to warm up, that’s true, but what about the consumption of gas or electricity that will increase along with it? Are there ways in which you could keep your home warm and comfy without wasting a lot of kilowatts? Here are some sustainable ways to make your home warmer without having to make a huge investment in your annual budget.
Have you tried using nice thick curtains?
Curtains do bring out colour and lend an ambience to your home, but while you’re at it, get some thick coated or lined curtains. One of the main ways in which a house loses its heat is through the windows. Adding thick curtains enables it to act as a thermal barrier between the windows and the room. It also adds a nice warm and welcoming feel to your home with an element of cosiness. And in summer it can keep the heat out.
Start a small compost bin
In addition to being an eco-minded person and creating great compost for your garden, another advantage of composting is that it produces heat. Yes, the microbial breakdown of the organic material causes it to form into healthy compost. Even though a small compost bin may not have a significant difference in a large house, it will show good results in a closed room or even places like studio-apartments. So, get your eco-bin started. No, it will not give out any foul odours! (Psst! Have you heard of Zera?)
Insulating your house
Insulation of your house may not be as expensive as you think. One of the best forms of insulation is to use DIY loft insulation. The reason being, it’s cheaper to use foam rolls to give a protective layer to your loft, and the bonus is, it also acts as a heat retainer. Possible options include mineral wool, recycled paper or glass fibre. If you still feel that it’s a bit expensive to get a professional to insulate your house, you can do it yourself but remember to wear goggles and protective clothing before you start working on your project.
Use radiator panels
If you have a radiator in your house, one of the best ways to gain maximum efficiency out of it is to invest in some heat reflecting radiator panels. These radiator panels help reflect the heat back into your room and not onto the walls. It helps a lot in retaining heat within the house.
Covering up those gaps and holes
Heat escapes from tiny places that we tend to ignore, such as keyholes, gaps and cracks in walls, behind the washing machine, under kitchen cupboards and around sinks and toilets. It makes a huge difference to cover these areas using materials such as foil, old newspapers and bubble wrap. It takes a bit of time to search for these tiny and sometimes invisible cracks, but trust me it’s a very worthy investment that will pay off long term. Also pay particular attention to any gaps between the floor and doors.
Gather as much free heat as you can from daylight
It may sound obvious, but most of us tend to keep the curtains closed all day in fear of losing heat but what you should do is to open the curtains during the daytime and allow as much sunlight inside the house as possible. Along with the sunlight comes that great natural heat but remember to close the curtains once the sunlight subsides or you will lose more heat than you gained.
Closing the doors to rooms that are not in use
We are not fans of rarely used rooms in the house such as guest bedroom, gyms and home cinemas but you might be and that’s fine with us. Just don’t forget to close the door once it is no longer in use. Get into the habit of closing doors behind you when entering or leaving a room. Closing doors will help retain the heat inside frequently used rooms as well as reduce your heating bill. Reduced heat consumption gives out a lower gas/electricity bill for your heat since the unused rooms will not require heating.
Get three times the heat cooking
Why do people like to gather around in the kitchen? Yup, the kitchen provides three times the heat. How do you ask? Well, for starters, the heat coming out of cooking helps warm the nearby area significantly. Secondly, it provides a hot meal for your demanding tummy. Thirdly, all those calories you consume will be burned inside your body resulting in creating more heat. So, why wait if you want to feel warm, well fed and happy, START COOKING.
Using the new eco-friendly housing concept
A well insulated, airtight house is the next generation of housing on the market and is revolutionizing the housing industry. In addition to being energy efficient, the materials used to create the thick walls allows heat retention within the walls and ensure that the heat within the house does not flow out, keeping the house warm. So, if you’re thinking of investing in a new home, or simply trying to add an extension to your house, consider using our engineered building system for maximum heat retention benefits.