We care about sustainability and making little efforts to decrease our carbon footprint. We love teaching the children about new ways to recycle and reuse rather than just throwing things out. To help you talk about sustainability with your child at home, we have put together a few tips for saving power in the colder months!
4 Tips for Sustainability throughout Winter
ONE. You can seal out draughts by sealing cracks and gaps around doors, windows and skirting boards, and blocking unnecessary vents – stop throwing money out the window!! Up to 30% of total heat loss in the house comes from uncovered windows. Simply choosing the right window coverings will save you money and increase the comfort of your home all year round.
TWO. Leave heating or cooling running when no-one is home will generate more greenhouse gas and costs more money. Timer controls can switch equipments on when they are needed. Turn heating down, close doors, don’t turn heating in rooms you’re not using. Using curtains will save you around $180.
THREE. You can easily save power in your home during winter by wearing warmer clothing or throwing an extra blanket over the bed. When your heater is on, make sure you always shut windows and doors and keep the curtains closed, especially at night when a window can lose 10 times as much heat as the same area of insulated wall. Keep rooms at a comfortable 18-21°C in winter. Every one degree increase in temperature can increase your power bill by 15 per cent.
FOUR. Make your home more efficient – Limit the flow of heat through your roof, walls, windows and gaps. Insulate ceilings, walls and floors. As much as 35% of heat loss from a house is through an uninsulated ceiling; uninsulated walls account for a further 15 to 25% and uninsulated floors lose between 10 and 20% of heat.
By implementing a few of these tips, you can save energy off your energy bill and keep your house much warmer through the winter months!