Brrrrr, it’s cold. Our bills are about to skyrocket, so how do you keep warm this winter and save money?
We’ve trawled the net, so you don’t have to – from government sites, power companies and advice published by leading academic Alan Pears at RMIT.
Here are our top 10 tips to stay warm in Winter:
1) Cut hot water usage by installing a three-star rated showerhead, and make those showers shorter – tempting though it is to linger on a cold winter’s day, it costs a fortune to run.
2) Move heaters away from windows and keep curtains and doors shut – windows create unnecessary heat loss, as does keeping doors open to heat rooms you are not using.
3) Make sure your house is insulated – Thick curtains and rugs and a draft-exclusion snake does the trick nicely.
4) Open the windows and doors at the north and west of the house on sunny days in winter –it is sometimes warmer outside than in, so let some natural heat in.
5) Look at how energy efficient your appliances are –Choose heaters or air conditioners with a high star rating.
6) Wash your clothes in cold water and hang them out to dry –utilise the ambient heat in a room to dry clothes rather than the dryer if it is raining.
7) Wear more clothes – Our body heat tends to escape from our extremities like head, feet and hands, so cosy slippers are a good investment too.
8) Clean filters on ducted and reverse cycle air conditioner units regularly – when they are full they operate less efficiently and end up costing more.
9) Consider a slow combustion stove – These can warm a house on just a few pieces of wood, and are especially cost efficient if you live in a cooler area.
10) Turn the heating off or on low if you are out or go to bed – OFF is best, but if not very low will just take the nip out of the room.