The winter is in full swing and in South Africa we are blessed with more warm weather than cold, but when it is cold we really feel it. Electricity is the go-to, and that’s understandable because it can quickly heat up an entire room. But you can’t have electricity bills that shoot through the roof all winter.

Here are a few tips for keeping your home warm without breaking the bank.

If You Choose To Use Electric Heating, Make the Most of It

You do not have to put a heater in the middle of your living room to keep the entire house warmed throughout the day. Make use of a heater sparingly once you have closed all windows, doors (to rooms not being used) and blocked draughts and you will only need to keep it on for a short while to heat the entire room because it is a smaller area.

The same is true of electric blankets. Put it on about ten to thirty minutes before you get into bed and then put it off – that’s all you need. Leaving any electric heating equipment unattended or on for too long is dangerous, so be sure to unplug them to ensure they are off when you are not using them.

Use Your Curtains Proactively

When the sun is streaming in open your curtains to let in the natural heat of the day. When dusk arrives close the curtains to seal in all the captured heat of the day.

Minimise Draughts

Draughts can enter your home through multiple channels. The easiest ones to block off are those that come through under the bottom of your doors. This is easily blocked with store-bought door draught stoppers, but a rolled up towel will have the same effect.

Invest in Insulation for the Ceiling

This is a once off investment that could end up saving you a lot of money on energy bills in the long run. Between 40% and 50% of your home’s heat can be lost through the roof and the easiest way to retain this heat is with insulation in your ceiling. You could opt to have this professionally done, but it is not unheard of for people to get Glasswool from hardware stores and do it themselves.

Use Rugs and Carpets on Tile and Wood Floors

To minimise the heat lost through the floor and to help keep everyone’s toes warm, lay down carpets and rugs on your wood and tile floors. It may seem like a small thing but it makes a huge difference to how warm you feel in your home.

Be sure to stay warm this winter with these handy tricks, a few cups of warm tea won’t hurt either. Enjoy a toasty new home, put on your slippers and indulge in some hot cocoa with JNK Properties. Contact us to find houses for sale in your area.