Winter can be one of the biggest seasons for energy use in the home, but it’s super easy to save money and reduce your energy consumption with a few simple tips and tricks. Here are our best ways to save energy in the home this winter.
Winter can traditionally be a tough season on the budget. Gas or electricity bills can often reach into the thousands due to running heaters and using devices for longer simply from spending more time indoors.
The good news is there are a few easy ecofrugal swaps to flip this trend on its head to save energy AND money during the colder months of the year.
1. Use Electric Blankets instead of Gas or Electric Heaters
Unlike conventional heaters, the average electric throw blanket usually costs under $40 to buy and runs 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. Wear Extra Layers
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.
Thermal underlayers help to keep your natural body heat close to your skin, and layering up with warm jackets over jumpers over the top 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
A long soak in a hot bath is not only a wonderful self care ritual, it will also warm you up for longer if you layer up as soon as you get out. If you don’t have a bath, try to keep your showering time to four minutes max, and try showering before bed instead of in the morning to keep you warm throughout the night.
4. Nourish Yourself with Warming Foods and Drinks
Think hot hearty soups, spicy curries, hot herbal teas or even a nip of port. This will definitely warm you up from the inside out! Cooking as an activity is a fun activity and a great way to get moving even while indoors.
5. Get Moving
Try a brisk walk – around the house if it’s too cold outside – around the office or block to get the blood pumping through your whole body. Try an at home yoga practice, weights or stretching and you’ll warm up 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 push the hot air that rises to ceiling back down to you, helping you warm up the house quicker.
Once you’ve taken the chill off the house, switch off the heater, turn on your electric blanket and you’ll be ready for a snuggly night in!
What’s your favourite way to keep warm (and save money) in winter? Leave a comment below and tell us your tips and tricks!