Friday 20 April 2018

How To Winterise Your Home and Save Money!

Australia is famed for its hot temperatures, so our houses have been built to keep cool in summer. And it comes as no surprise that the nation is quick to crank up the temperature as winter creeps in – leading to soaring energy bills. Many old Australian homes are poorly designed and lack sufficient insulation on windows, walls and roofing, with heating and cooling together contributing to 40 per cent of energy use in the average Australian home. Fortunately, homeowners can overhaul their energy inefficient houses with the right windows, doors and furnishings. 

And just in case you still needed more convincing to make your house energy efficient, here are some depressing statistics... almost seven per cent of deaths in Australia from 1988 to 2009 were attributable to cold weather, compared to less than one per cent from the heat!
Improve windows and glass
Windows are a major source of significant heat loss in winter. Energy efficient windows can keep heating costs down and create a more ideal temperature in the home. “Windows are one of the most critical elements that contribute to the temperature inside the home, Stegbar’s high performance glazing options can help to increase thermal performance, reducing the amount of heat escaping through the windows in winter,” says Christine Evans, Marketing Director at Stegbar.

“Stegbar’s double glazed windows improve the comfort of your home and ensures that the home remains perfectly comfortable during winter,” says Ms Evans.

“The sealed air (or gas filled) gap between the two panes of glass acts as an added layer of insulation. This extra insulation lessens your reliance on heaters, ultimately reducing your energy bills and improving your home’s energy rating.”

Maximise 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,” says Jenny Brown, National Marketing Manager for Luxaflex Window Fashions.

Luxaflex® Duette® Architella® Ménage Shades are a chic window covering that provides more insulation than any other window covering on the market. The unique design features a patented triple honeycomb cell construction, with six layers of fabric creating five insulating air pockets to trap air for superior energy efficiency – helping you save up to 49 per cent on your home heating costs.

As well as preventing heat from escaping, insulating window coverings can help regulate the warmer temperatures of the day. “During the day, your windows let in more radiant energy than gets out; sunlight can enter through the glass, but the window is opaque to the infrared radiation trying to escape,” continues Brown. “Our award winning PowerView® Motorisation uses clever technology so Aussies can now schedule their blinds to lower immediately after dusk – the optimum time to close them to help prevent heat loss,” she says.

Instead of simply turning on the heat this winter, think about long term gains by making your home more energy efficient. This will help you save significant amounts of money by reducing electricity and gas usage and also be more environmentally friendly! However in the end, if not for anything else, do it for your soaring energy and utility bills! 

Till next time... Save some money and remain cosy throughout winter by acting now!

About Stegbar
Stegbar is recognised by architects, builders and homeowners as a leading Australian manufacturer of quality building products. With over 70 years of experience in producing high crafted windows, doors, shower screens, splashbacks and wardrobes, Stegbar’s reputation is built on its commitment to innovative design, outstanding craftsmanship and excellent customer service. Stegbar is part of JELD-WEN Windows & Doors, who made IBISWorld’s Top 100 Manufacturers list for 2017.

About LUXAFLEX® Window Fashions
Luxaflex® Window Fashions is a market-leading brand, offering the nation’s largest range of quality window coverings for inside and outside the home. The suite of products includes blinds, shutters, soft shades, and awnings – all with a focus on innovation, durability, and style. Luxaflex window coverings provide optimal light control and privacy, are easy to maintain and remain at the cutting edge of design and technology. The brand consistently plays to its unique strengths of superior quality and rich heritage, while constantly innovating to ensure it stays ahead of interior decorating trends.

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