As colder weather starts to close in around the country it’s a good time to think about keeping warm during the winter months ahead, particularly in the cooler climates of the southern states.

Keeping a home warm in winter is about two things:

  • Optimizing solar gain, so that when the sun does come out your home is naturally
  • Insulating and draught-sealing, so that the heat you pump into your home stays there

Optimising solar gain is best considered during the design of a home, but renovations also provide a great opportunity to improve a building’s performance significantly. If you’re building or renovating, make sure your home is designed by someone who understands passive solar design principles. If you’re not sure that they do, get their design checked by someone who does.

For existing homes, insulating the ceiling and draught-sealing around doors/windows are usually the most cost-effective ways to keep heat in the home. Apart from keeping you warm, keeping the heat in will mean that your heater won’t have to work as hard for as long, thereby saving you