Frugal Tips Along Hallways and Landings

Frugality at Home: Part 6 – Hallways & Landings

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Although not technically classed as rooms, hallways, landings and stairways can suck the heat or the cool out of other areas, causing your energy bill to rocket sky high in the process. When you are applying the frugal living touch, these areas will need some TLC, if you want to reap the benefits across your home.

  • Build a porch - Although this is a big investment, whenever you open your front door you allow a blast of warm or cool air to escape into the atmosphere. Putting up a porch is not only a welcome addition to any home, it also acts as a heat trap and prevents heat leakage. The front door is a major area of heat loss from the house, but utilising a porch means only a small amount of heat is leaked into the porch itself.
  • Use draught excluders and sealant on doors, windows and letter box - Holes mean draughts, and your front door has several areas that fall into this category. The edges of the door, the letter box and the key hole are all escape routes for cooled or warmed air. You can easily fit excluders around the door, a keyhole cover and a letterbox plate inexpensively (less than $40 for the lot). Draught proofing across your home could see savings of up to $100 a year.
  • Install a timer on your hallway light - Coming home to a dark house is not a pleasant experience, but leaving your light on all day just to give added security can really rack up the dollars. Installing a timer on your hallway light is a simple and inexpensive method of getting around this issue. Set your light to come on whenever you want, and you need never come home to a dark home again. Turning your hall light off while you are out at work could save $25 a year.
  • Use heat reflecting foil behind the radiator - Coming from a warm room into a cold hallway is just not pleasant in winter, but keeping your radiator on in the hall can cost a fair bit. However, if you like an ambient temperature throughout your house, then put heat reflecting foil behind your heaters to cut your costs down. Professional reflectors are estimated to save 20% off your heating costs; a DIY job with foil may not be quite as efficient but will definitely save you money.
  • Use Wifi-enabled, programmable thermostats - By utilising a programmable thermostat it’s estimated you could save $180 a year. These allow you to set specific programmes for your heating and cooling, based around your time in your home. Once it is set, you can forget all about it. You can create different settings for days of the week, and times of the year so it is very individual to you and your family. The Wi-Fi option also allows you to monitor and change your settings from anywhere.

Your hallway may be the forgotten room of the house, but it still plays its part on your energy bill.  A few frugal living tips go a long way to increasing your long term savings across your home.

Last on this frugality at home series, Savings Beyond the Home.