Frugality

6 Winter Energy Saving Tips

July 23, 2019 (Last Updated: April 14, 2020)

No need to blow the budget this winter, it’s super easy to keep warm with our 6 winter energy saving tips in Australia.

Woman standing with a blanket around her.

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.

 

Woman standing with a blanket around her.

★ 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!

4 Comments

  • Reply
    Modern Fimily
    August 9, 2019 at 10:33 am

    Taking baths is our go to in the winter to warm up before going to bed! It truly does wonders!

    • Reply
      Sarah & Laura
      August 12, 2019 at 2:06 pm

      Yes! It’s amazing just how toasty you are afterwards. I think it also helps you sleep too. Win, win!

  • Reply
    Max @ Max Out of Pocket
    January 5, 2020 at 11:27 am

    I probably abuse the shower idea a bit, I end up in there for like 20 minutes! : )

    We bought a little space heater this year for our room and turn the heat off to the rest of the house. We live in New Hampshire so between the electric and oil, it can get expensive this time of year!

    Happy 2020,

    Max

    • Reply
      Sarah & Laura
      January 21, 2020 at 8:56 pm

      The shower can be such a good space to think up great ideas too! That’s where I get stuck haha.

      A space heater is a great idea, especially when you can close of sections of the house like that too. 🙂

      Thanks for stopping by and here’s to a great 2020 for you too!

      S&L

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