For Australian homeowners, winter heating costs represent a significant expense. In fact, according to estimates, heating costs account for about 40 percent of an entire homeowners yearly energy bill in Australia. In other words, improving your home’s efficiency can lead to significant cost savings. How? Tasks like sealing windows, improving insulation, or generating heat with an alternative heat source – like a European fireplace – can all help homeowners reduce their reliance on traditional electricity-fired heating sources.