Winter warmers: Keep your heating bills down

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ECONOMIC: As well as preventing heat from escaping, insulating window coverings can help regulate the warmer temperatures of the day.

ECONOMIC: As well as preventing heat from escaping, insulating window coverings can help regulate the warmer temperatures of the day.

Heating and cooling together contribute up to 40 per cent of energy use in the average Australian home, according to energyrating.gov.au. The most effective way for homeowners to overhaul their energy inefficient houses is to target the main sources of draft and heat loss - windows and doors.

See the savings: Double glazed windows are especially effective at keeping the cold at bay, as they contain a sealed air or gas filled gap between two panes that acts as an added layer of insulation. This feature can decrease heat loss by almost 30 per cent in comparison to single glazed windows. Stegbar's latest double glaze series, Alumiere, are also acoustically constructed to filter exterior noise, and its minimal frame supports an expansive glass surface area.

Stegbar's Alumiere.

Stegbar's Alumiere.

Optimal insulation: Window furnishings, blinds and curtains can enhance performance and be an effective way to overcome problems with existing windows. "Insulation is key to maintaining room temperatures, and a few small changes can help your home be more energy efficient and keep bills down," Vera Meharg, Marketing Communications Manager, Luxaflex Window Fashions said. She said that for example, Luxaflex Duette Architella Shade' design features a patented cell within a cell construction, creating insulating air pockets to trap air which reduces heat loss in winter, and they can be scheduled to lower at dusk.

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Seal doors and frames.

Seal doors and frames.

Draft proof doors: It's important doors are correctly fitted with sealed frames. Amy Ryan, Marketing Manager at Corinthian Doors, said home energy ratings have a significant impact both financially and environmentally. "Energy ratings now corollate to market value. Drafts from around doors account for a quarter of heating and cooling bills, so investing in quality doors and frames that seal effectively will save you money."

These seals not only reduce drafts and contribute to energy efficiency, but they also deter dust, insects and intrusive light and sound, both inside and out.

These seals not only reduce drafts and contribute to energy efficiency, but they also deter dust, insects and intrusive light and sound, both inside and out.

DIY protection: An interior door seal supports temperature control by helping contain cold air to closed off and lesser used areas. An all-weather perimeter seal is ideal for windows and external doors, as it will deter draught while shielding against extreme elements such as strong winds and heavy rainfall.

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