How insulation can help keep your heating bills down this winter

Keeping the home cozy and warm will be extra challenging for Australian households this winter, as electricity prices continue to soar. There is also little reprieve in sight after the Australian Energy Regulator (AER) announced it is increasing electricity prices by between 20 and 25 per cent from 1 July 2023 . This is a significant price rise that comes at a time when residents are already facing such high cost of living pressures.

For homeowners who are hesitant to turn on their heaters, rugging up seems like the only cost-effective solution. However, what you may not realise is that the answer may be lying between the walls and ceiling of your home.

The compelling case for insulation

Keeping the temperature consistent in your home year-round can seem like a daunting—and expensive—ask for many households. The over-use of air conditioners to keep homes warm in winter and cool in summer can quickly run up electricity bills, creating bill shock and burning a hole in your hard-earned savings. However, while the humble air conditioner seems like an easy (but costly) fix, it’s not the only solution.

A well-insulated home can be more energy-efficient (and cost-effective) for many households, as it requires far less heating or cooling to keep it comfortable. Properly installed insulation creates a barrier around the home, protecting your indoor temperature from the influence of the outside elements, meaning, in winter, your home will keep warm air in, and cold air out.

Installing insulation may sound expensive but retrofitting it into the home can be a cost-effective, long-term solution that will help you achieve consistent comfort year-round, no matter what the weather is doing outside. And, it can help you save on those pesky electricity bills. In fact, homes with upgraded insulation lowered energy bills by 13. 2 per cent, according to a study of insulation retrofits in New Zealand.

Installing insulation is also a great way to achieve energy efficiency while keeping your home comfortable and warm. Yet, recent data shows that over eight million Australian homes require energy efficiency upgrades, meaning there’s going to be a lot of cold Aussies and Kiwis suffering through the cold snaps.

How to turn the heat up with the right insulation solution

If you’re sick of battling cold days with high heating costs, it’s time to upgrade your home and prioritise energy efficiency by investing in high-quality insulation for your floors, walls, and ceilings. When it comes to insulating your home, having the right products in place is key to achieving the best results and maximising your cost-savings.

Earthwool® insulation acts as a blanket for your home, and is an ideal choice for both new builds and established households looking for a retrofit solution or to top up existing loft insulation. In Australia, Earthwool® is available to suit a range of applications with a product range that includes:

- Earthwool® Multi-Use Roll, an ideal solution for topping up existing ceiling insulation or for providing high thermal performance in walls.
- Earthwool® Ceiling Batt, comes in pre-cut rectangles at either 430mm or 580mm widths to suit most ceiling joist centres.
- Earthwool® Wall Batt, super soft and available in thicknesses to suit 75mm and 90mm timber frames.
- Earthwool® FloorShield, underfloor batt is manufactured from durable silicone coated glasswool and is faced with an ECOSE® glass veil, providing a wind-wash barrier. The wind-wash barrier provides protection from air movement under the floor.

Earthwool® insulation is designed with energy efficiency in mind and offers a cost-effective solution to help homeowners achieve the best possible thermal performance in their homes, even helping older homes meet modern specifications and futureproof them against thermal requirements.

If you’re ready to stop burning a hole in your pocket with high electricity costs, and fill the gaps in your home visit Bunning website today.