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What Heating is right for my home?

electric heaters

There are so many options available to you but which is the most energy efficient? I know that wood heaters are very popular around Australia, however they are not the most energy efficient option available to you.  Unless you buy wood from a sustainable resource and add to this the greenhouse gas emissions released when burning and not only is it not the most energy efficient option it’s not the most sustainable option.

To keep your wood burning heater in a more sustainable range stick to these tips:

  • Choose a low-emission heater; not an open fireplace
  • Wood pellet heaters which burn recycled sawdust are an effective option and have very low greenhouse gas emissions
  • Don’t take wood from native trees
  • Avoid burning treated timber as this will release toxic fumes
  • Source your wood from a sustainable resource – Never be afraid to ask questions, it’s good to know where the wood is coming from!

For those renovating or building a new home always consider passive heating and cooling, for those where this is not an option always choose the most energy efficient design available to you can find out here the different option available to you.

Don’t despair you don’t have to remodel your home to find efficient heating options, if you’re renting space heaters are going to be your main option, most are relatively inexpensive to buy and come with an array of functions.

Be energy smart make sure you close of door and windows and only heat the room you in.  Most of the electric heaters are portable and can be moved with you from living room to bed room.  Gas Heaters are not as easy to transport so ensure you do your research before you buy.

You can use our buying guide to help match you to the right heater for your home.

Reverse cycle air-conditioners are another great way to heat your home this winter, they are usually the cheaper option when it comes to heating your home, however there will be a larger upfront cost, work out the life time cost of the appliance to see which would be the best buy for your home.

If you’re still unsure as to what heating appliance would be best for your home, please comment below and we will do our best to point you in the right direction.  Keeping your home warm is not just about the appliances you buy, you need to ensure air leakage is at a minimum, this involves sealing up gaps and cracks and installing draft excluders where required.  Don’t expect a small heater to heat your whole home, do your research and buy the right size of heater you need for a specific space.

You can use the www.savenergysavemoney.com.au website to compare annual running cost of thousands of electrical appliances, once you find the right appliance for your home you can then compare prices from all our trusted suppliers to ensure you get the best deal for your budget.

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Julie Moore is Co-founder & Director of Save Energy Save Money, Australia’s first energy and price comparison website. With over 10 years’ experience in the corporate world Julie ensures Save Energy Save Money provides you with the energy information you need to make informed decisions. Helping to contribute to a more sustainable Australia.

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