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Beating the Chill: Top 5 Ways to Keep Warm at Home for Less this Winter

If you feel a shiver each time you open your electricity bill, you're likely paying more than you should to heat your house. Even though homes by Eagle Homes are built with top-of-the-range solutions like thorough insulation and efficient heating systems, the winter chill can still be difficult to combat.

Heating your house should not have to cost you the earth. So, what can be done cheaply and quickly to keep your house warm? Make these changes now to keep your home comfortably warm this winter. And, the best part? These tips can help you save money.

Here are the top 5 ways to keep warm for less this winter.

1. Draw the Curtains & Shutters

If you have curtains or window shutters, closing them up is a very good way of protecting your house from losing 10% to 20% of heat through the windows. Thick curtains, like the ones you see in most hotel rooms, come with a thermal lining and can be a relatively cheap option for keeping the cold trapped between the window glass. And it's not just windows that can have curtains. Placing a curtain in front of doors adds another layer of protection. And, it doesn't even need to be a curtain. How about pinning a rug over the back of the front door? Surprisingly, it works and can also add a textural charm.

2. Let the Sun In

Sunlight during the day is warm and free. It's important to try and use as much natural heat (in the form of sunlight) as possible. Window shades and curtains should be kept open during the day, and then closing your curtains as soon as dusk falls will maximise your house's potential to retain that heat.

3. Close the Door to Unused Rooms

Closing unused rooms and keeping doors closed will prevent cold air moving into the rest of the house and contain the heat you've generated in the area where your family mostly spends time, like in the living room or kitchen.

4. Cover Up Floor Boards

Did you know floors can account for as much as 10% of heat loss if they're not insulated? Carpets and rugs were invented for a reason. Those with wooden flooring have to deal with heat loss. Rugs and blankets can help mitigate this and have the added bonus of keeping your feet warm.

5. Hot Air Rises

Avoid heating your house to tropical temperatures; for example, try 20 degrees instead of 23 degrees. Each degree less will save about 10% on your energy use. Remember, hot air rises to the ceiling, so if you have a ceiling fan with a reverse-direction option, consider using it at a low speed to help circulate the hot air more evenly through the room without creating a downward breeze.

Source: SEAV 2002.

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