by Chris Freear
The graph shows the typical home's energy usage (all fuels – electricity, gas, wood, etc.)
Making your space heating more effective
Heat is sneaky stuff; it will (at every opportunity) slip through small gaps and escape – leaving you alone in the cold. Here are some things you can do to help prevent this:
· Block off unused fireplaces -- fill a plastic bag with scrunched up newspaper and stuff it up the chimney (remember to take it out again before lighting the fire).
· Stop the draughts around doors and windows with self-adhesive strips from hardware stores.
· Open curtains to let the sun in, and close at sunset to keep the heat in.
· If you can, surround yourself with insulation by ensuring it is in the ceiling, under the floor and in the walls – if your house was built before 2011 it is likely that it would be financially sensible for you to increase the amount of ceiling insulation you have.
If you want to learn more and register for a free audit of your home visit: www.blueskinpower.co.nz