Make your windows and doors more energy efficient

There are various places in the home where heat loss generally occurs, with windows and doors typically among the worst offenders. While they're essential to the security of your home, they also have the potential to lead to increased electricity and gas prices unless properly monitored.

You'll find there are several steps that can be taken to prevent your windows and doors leaking energy, so follow these top tips to make your property more efficient.

Choose the right window

Typically, there are three types of window to choose from - single, double or triple glazed. In general terms, the more layers of glass there are, the lesser the amount of heat that is able to escape your property.

Older style windows are likely to leak more heat than newer models, so if you live in a traditional property, this is certainly worth looking into.

Government figures show as much as 40 per cent of heat can leak out through a window or skylight during the winter months, so this is an investment that is well worth making.

Protect against summer heat gain

The Australian climate not only means that heat loss can occur during winter, but that properties can become overheated during the summer months. This is likely to lead you to switch on your air conditioning system, therefore increasing your electricity bills.

However, external shading can be an effective way of improving the efficiency of your home without reaching for the air conditioning remote. Awnings are a popular option, otherwise you may want to opt for a more natural approach such as planting trees that provide shade.

Readjust your internal doors

Keeping doors shut is a good way of keeping the heat inside your property, or maximising the impact of air conditioning during the hotter months of the year. However, if there are obvious gaps, the effect of your efforts might not be as far-reaching as you would like.

In some cases, it might be necessary to rehang your doors, or perhaps even just adjust the hinges. This is a task that is both quick and inexpensive, but could easily shave dollars off your electricity bills.

Draught-proof your doors

Another top tip is to carry out some draught-proofing. It's estimated that as much as a quarter of household heating and cooling bills account for the draughts that occur around doors.

Adding insulation is one means of combating this, otherwise you may want to think about investing in a draught excluder. These sit at the base of your door and help prevent air from being able to circulate from room to room.

Posted by Jeremy Elliott