Winter is right around the corner. While we’re still facing hot days, we can already see that the days are getting shorter and the nights are getting longer. Soon, we will start cuddling up on the couch with hot chocolate and cookies, while dreading the thought of stepping out of our homes in the morning.
As winter approaches, we need to embrace it with open arms! We’ve provided a few practical ways you can adjust your home for winter and save money in the long run.
Warm up your home effectively
We tend to use more electricity in winter. Lower your electricity bill by using smart ways to warm up your home. For starters, take advantage of the daytime sun. Keep your curtains open during the day to make sure you let in as much sunlight as possible. If you have ceiling fans, rotate them clockwise at a low speed to push all the hot air that rises back down to the floor.
Invest in insulation
Did you know that heating and cooling accounts for up to 44% of the energy used in an average home? However, by insulating your home, you can save energy usage and reduce your electricity bill. Basically, insulation works by preventing warm air from moving towards colder areas. This means that, if you have effective insulation in your home, your home will stay cooler in summer and warmer in winter. There are various types of insulation you can install in your home, including insulation in the attic, air ducts, ceiling, walls and foundation.
Fix up your doors and windows
Older windows may be letting in cold air, especially if the framing around them is loose or rotting. If your windows are letting in cold air, either get a sealant to fix the wearing areas or cover your windows with tight-fitting curtains or blinds to absorb cold air and prevent warm air from escaping. Doors, like windows, can let a lot of air escape. If there is a large gap underneath your door, use a door snack to prevent airflow. Also, remember to close all doors and windows of rooms you’re not using so that any warm air in your home does not escape.
If you have a fireplace, use it
Cut down your electricity bill by using your fireplace. If you feel as though lighting up a fire is too time consuming, consider getting it permanently sealed to prevent cold air from flowing through the opening.
Turn down your geyser temperature
Geysers are responsible for a huge portion of your electricity bill. Turning down the temperature will reduce your electricity bill. Turn off your geyser at the isolation switch, remove the electrical components cover and adjust the thermostat to about 55 degrees Celsius. You will still have hot water for baths, showers and washing dishes, but you will just have to dilute it with less cold water. (Source: Herald Live).
Winterproof from the outside in
Clear your gutters of any debris so that water can flow freely off the roof. Also make sure you cut down any low-hanging and loose branches so that strong winds don’t cause them to hit and damage your home’s exterior, leaving it vulnerable to the cold. Strong winds can also rip off roof tiles, so make sure all your roof tiles are securely fastened.
Lastly, cover your pool to prevent water loss while it’s not in use and keep filtering it once a day during winter. There’s no need to continuously run your pool pump.
Sort out your finances this winter
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