Autumn’s almost here and winter’s around the corner – now’s the time to prepare your home for the cold.

We’re heading for autumn, and that means winter isn’t far behind – you know, dry and icy winds for those of us who live inland, wet and icy for the people of the South (Cape Town and such).

For yourself, you’re probably thinking about getting your jackets and long-Johns out of storage and cleaning them up, ready for when the first cold snap snaps its nasty little fingers – but what about your home? How’re you going to keep your house toasty (especially now that our national electricity supplier isn’t behaving all that well?)

“A house will typically lose as much as 34 or 35% of its energy through its ceiling,” said Kevin Els, a principal at Gauteng’s Evolve Architects.

He said that the South Africa’s National Building Regulations, which came into effect in 2011, make provision for the environmental sustainability and energy efficiency of new buildings (see ‘The application of the National Building Regulations’), but that most older buildings – which would have been designed when energy was cheaper and of less immediate concern than it is now – would probably benefit from the installation of additional insulation.

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