The inexpensive and simple task of sealing around doors and windows can reduce your energy bills by up to 15%. Actual case studies have shown that in some cases, a reduction of up to 50% of energy use has been achieved through the installation of door and window seals. Architectural, retrofit and DIY solutions are available to suit any door or window configuration.
Another great way to save on energy is to “zone” areas with sealing systems to keep the heating or cooling where you want it and to prevent wasting energy into areas where you don’t need it. This can be done by using seals on internal doors within a building onto doors such as stairwells, storage rooms or maintenance areas.
Budget can often be a factor when it comes to any DIY task at home that’s why you should always start from the room you use the most heating and cooling in at home. The living and dining area are often the most populated and as such consumes the highest amount of energy for heating and cooling.
Check all the seals around your appliances such as ovens and fridges and make sure no hot or cool air is seeping out. Then check all the windows and doors and seal up any gaps or cracks in these high traffic areas. Ensure all your heating and cooling appliances are operating efficiently and are regularly serviced and you’ll keep your heating and cooling bills to a minimum.
You can then work your way around the home sealing up all gaps and cracks in windows and doors till your house is fort knocks and the prisoner is the air trying to escape!
Whilst the energy and cost savings of sealing doors & windows is immediate and significant, other benefits also include providing acoustic protection as well as preventing the intrusion of weather, vermin, dust or bushfire embers.
This is something you should check at least annually as weather and wear & tear will affect most areas of the house. If you notice a spike in your energy bills when you were not expecting it I would add looking for broken/damaged seals and cracks to your checklist.
Door and Window Seals
Raven have a range of door and window seals available from leading hardware stores to suit any need or configuration. The full range can be seen here
This handy selection guide will help identify the right seal for your needs.
If you are not confident what products you need to use where, always ask someone in your local hardware shop, they have a wealth of knowledge and if the person you ask can’t help you they usually know someone that can.
If your living in a rental there is still lots you can do to reduce your air leakage, from buying draft excluders to using cotton wool to plug area’s like key holes, hang heavy curtains to reduce the amount of air getting through. Speak to your landlord ultimately if you’re going to be there for a while paying to get these gaps sealed up will pay for its self within a few years on your heating and cooling bills!
Don’t forget once you have your house sealed uptight you need to couple this with using your appliances efficiently. Don’t get complacent and think because your house in free from air leakage you can afford to be a little reckless with your energy consumption. Maximise those saving and make your hard work pay off by using your appliance efficiently.
This includes dressing for the season your in, making the most of celling fans or for those who don’t have celling fans you can invest in a portable fan you can check the SESM website for their annual running cost and you’ll see they cost next to nothing to run.
Those using electric heaters or air conditioners keep the thermostat a cool 24 degrees in summer and a warm 18 degrees in winter. Every degree higher will cost you up to 5% on your heating/cooling bills.
Energy prices are on the increase and the big energy companies will find way’s to increase their profit margin the more people that turn to solar, it would seem the more people that get solar the higher the energy companies costs are to maintain the equipment that provides us with the energy.
Energy prices are typically made up from;
• retail operation costs, such as meter reading, billing, marketing etc.
• network costs
• wholesale electricity costs
Go figure. it’s not energy prices that are affecting you it’s the network costs that can make up to 45% of the energy price, these companies say they need to pay to keep the energy flowing. Of course, that cost is passed onto consumers!
It’s important to not only understand your energy consumption but your energy bill to ensure you can keep costs low you can find out more on understanding your energy bill here.
You can lean more on the www.saveenergysavemoney.com.au website, if you find you are running prehistoric appliances these too could be contributing to your high-energy bills, upgrading your least efficient appliance will pay for its self over time. Don’t delay upgrade your inefficient appliance today with www.saveenergysavemoney.com.au.
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