Moving into a new home is an exciting prospect. Unless, of course, you’re moving into a freezer. We don’t mean that in the literal sense, but if you’re buying a property in winter, it’s essential that you make sure everything is as warm as can be from the get-go. So what steps do you need to take to save some money during the chillier months?


Check hot water

Hot water heating makes up almost twenty-one percent of every household’s energy bill, according to Origin Energy. Check your tap and shower flows. Ensure you aren’t letting money flow down the drain. 

Set your hot water cylinder to sixty degrees Celsius, and the tap at no hotter than fifty five degrees celsius. It should be hot enough to prevent Legionella bacteria growing, but not so hot that it scalds you when you simply want to freshen up with a shower. This also prevents water bills from escalating during the winter months.

If you’re unsure about the temperature, get in touch with a local plumber or electrician, who can help you out. Families with young children may set their tap temperature five to ten degrees lower than the recommended fifty five degrees Celsius.

Take shorter showers – yes, obvious - but shorter showers means long term savings for utilities!

Upgrade your curtains

Whether or not the property will come with curtains will depend on the terms of the contract of sale, so have a look over this first.

Invest in thermal backed curtains.

Thermal curtains have an acrylic coating that ensures your home stays toasty during winter. However, they are also great to have during summer as they help keep the home cool. 

Some types of thermal-backed curtains have multiple layers of this coating to bump up the insulation factor. 

Make sure that these curtains are appropriately fitted to the window frame, too.

Install Insulation

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According to Environment Victoria, a well insulated house can use as much as forty-five percent less energy for heating and cooling, which means cheaper utility bills. This can also help prevent damp air from entering your home. 

Prevent Drafts

Fill in Gaps and Cracks: gaps in windows and doors can account for fifteen to twenty percent heat loss in your home. Seal up any gaps or cracks in walls and reinstall weather stripping.

Invest in Double Glazed windows: about forty percent of heat energy escapes via the windows, so try to upgrade to double glazed windows. 

If you fancy yourself as a bit of a handyman around the house, you can easily seal a window yourself.

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