A Warm Home At Cool Costs

Winter is certainly here and the cold has got me researching how to keep my home warm in an energy and cost efficient way. There are several options to consider so I thought I would share the key points to ensure your home stays warm and cosy this season.

Reducing draughts

If your house has draughts, it is going to be very difficult (and expensive) to keep warm even with heating and insulation. Good air-tightness and controllable ventilation will help create a warmer, healthier, more comfortable home.

Ventilation is important for your home to keep the air healthy and remove moisture however it should be controllable as keeping your home airtight will help heat your home more efficiently.

A few good places to start to improve air-tightness:

  • Repair or replace hinges and seals if your windows and doors don’t fit snugly within their frames

  • If you have gaps under your doors you can attach draught excluders

  • Check your chimneys and repair any gaps through to the ceiling and if you have fireplaces you no longer use have them temporarily or permanently closed up

  • Seal up any gaps between floorboards, skirting boards and cornices


There are many heating options for homes, so ensure you get the right kind of energy efficient heater for yours so that you can keep your home warm while keeping running costs low.

Your Home (a collaborative project of the government and the building and design industry) has plenty of details on the types of heaters available and outlines the different forms of heating that are best in different circumstances:

  • In larger rooms with high ceilings, a combination of radiant and convective heating is best

  • In small rooms, space convective heating is effective

  • In larger draughty rooms or bathrooms, radiant heating works best

Of course having efficient heating means more than just having a good heater. It’s also about having a well insulated house and using your heaters wisely.


Good quality, well installed insulation helps keep the heat in during winter and keep it out during summer. This makes your house easier and cheaper to heat properly, and more comfortable and healthy to live in.

There are several ways to insulate your home and Your Home details how to install insulation in various types of construction, providing installation tips and typical solutions.

Ceiling and roof insulation should be prioritised as Your Home has found that it can save you up to 45 per cent on your heating and cooling energy. Insulating your walls can also save you up to an extra 15 per cent on heating and cooling energy.