advertisement
26 July 2012

Make space heating count

After the geyser, space heating is next biggest energy drain in most homes. Think in terms of warming yourself and the immediate area you're using, rather than the whole house.

0

After the geyser, space heating is next biggest energy drain in most homes (around 16% of your electricity bill). Think in terms of warming yourself and the immediate area you're using, rather than the whole house.

Warm up with extra clothing first before resorting to heaters. Remember your extremities: prevent heat loss with slippers, thick socks, gloves, scarves and beanies. Keep cosy blankets or throws available in the living room and study too, not only the bedroom.

If you do resort to heaters, use them to warm the area you're using, not the whole house: close the door of the room you're in , and sit near the heat source. A two-kilowatt fan heater, or small bar or gas heater, is fine for heating one room.

- Olivia Rose-Innes, EnviroHealth Editor, Health24, July 2012

More EnviroHealth Tips

 
NEXT ON HEALTH24X
advertisement

Read Health24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Live healthier

Wasting water? »

South Africa is facing a water crisis Water saving tips Water quality report shocks

SEE: How much water do you use per day?

With level 4 water restrictions in Cape Town, residents are urged to use a maximum of 100 litres per person per day. Here’s how quickly it adds up.

Life saving tip! »

SEE: 10 things to keep in your first aid kit 10 first aid myths

Here's why you need a first aid kit in the car

Emergency services are often spread thin, especially when storms and major disasters strike. When travelling on the road, having a well-stocked first aid kit could be a lifesaver.