No need to blow the budget this winter, it’s super easy to keep warm with our 6 winter energy saving tips in Australia.
Winter can be a tough time on the budget with gas or electricity bills often reaching well over the $1000 mark per household for the quarter. We’ve popped together our favourite tips to help you save money on winter heating costs.
1. Use Electric Blankets instead of Gas or Electric Heaters
Unlike conventional heaters, the average electric throw blankets will cost you under $40 to buy and run at around 5c an hour. That’s over 10 times less than the cost of an average 2000w convection heater, which could save you big $$ per year!
Alternatively, set your heater to a maximum temperature of 18˚C (64˚F) in winter instead of 24˚C (75˚F) so it doesn’t have to work as hard.
2. Layer Up
It goes without saying, but wearing extra layers where it counts can make all the difference. Heat escapes fastest through your head, so wearing a beanie will help keep your whole body warm. Maximise the warmth in your extremities by wearing thick merino wool socks and warm gloves (if you spend lots of time at the keyboard, try wearing fingerless gloves!). Thermal underlayers are a great under layer to keep your natural body heat close to your skin, and layering up with jackets over jumpers will keep you even more snug. You could even try using a battery operated heated jacket if you’ll be spending time outdoors in chilly weather.
3. Have a Bath or Shower
A quick bath or shower will warm you up for longer if you layer up as soon as you get out. For best frugal results, keep your showering time to four minutes max, and try showering before bed to keep you warm through the night.
4. Eat and Drink All The Things!
And by that we mean hot hearty soups, spicy curries, hot herbal teas or even a nip of port. This will warm you up from the inside out!
5. Get Moving
Try a brisk walk around the house, office or block to get the blood pumping through your whole body. Don’t want to go outside? Try yoga, weights or stretching and you’ll be warm in no time.
6. Turn on Your Ceiling Fan
Most ceiling fans have a winter mode, which allows them to push the warm air back down and away from the ceiling. If you do need to turn on the heater to warm the house, pop the fans on at the same time and this will grab the hot air that rises to ceiling and push it back down onto you, helping you warm up the house quicker. Switch off the heater, turn on your electric blanket and you’ll be ready for a snuggly night in.
★ So what’s your favourite way to keep warm (and save money) in winter? Leave a comment below and tell us your tips and tricks!