With winter around the corner and the weather already starting to feel a bit crisp here on the Gold Coast (I know, if you’re from anywhere south reading this, that’s probably laughable, but I’m a creature of comfort!), I decided to compile a list of some easy ways to reduce the cost of heating your home.
Most of these tips are simple ways to warm your home without the use of powered heaters, which can use up energy quicker than you can say ‘ham & cheese toasty’. Some tips you may have already seen on our Facebook page; I hope you find them useful 🙂
1. Leave the oven open after cooking
I love winter, because I love food, and winter = comfort food. Mmmm. What better way to score a little free heat than as an accompaniment to a delicious pasta bake? Spoiler: there is no better way. Just… remember to turn it off first.
2. Don’t use electric blankets.
Not only can they be dangerous, they use up a lot of power unnecessarily! “But how will I keep from shivering in bed!” I hear you cry. Two words: Heat Pack (or Hot Water Bottle, which unfortunately is 3 words but still deserves a mention). Pop one right where your feet will be when you hop in bed. Believe me, this is wonderful, and warming your feet alone does a surprisingly tremendous job at warming all of you.
3. Close the doors!
Close off all the rooms that you’re not using to keep the heat in where it’s needed (which is wherever you are).
4. Sunlight is your friend
If it’s sunny during the day, keep the curtains open to let the sun warm your home, and close them before it sets to keep all that scrumptious heat in. If you leave curtains open after the sun goes down, you’ll lose a lot of heat through the windows (sneaky heat stealers they are), and any attempts to heat your home with them open will make it a lot harder.
5. Strategically placed blankets!
Leave a cosy throw blanket on the couch to keep you snuggly while watching tv, or reading, or talking with your family. Blankets are good for every couch related activity in winter, really.
Need I say more?
7. Heat packs are super useful. Always.
Remember how I said back at tip number 2 that heat packs were wonderful? Carry one around the house with you. Stuff it in your hoodie, if you must! It’s a little heater that needs a lot less power to heat, and can travel with you anywhere. They’re like a really warm, clingy friends that you enjoy having around.
8. Dress code
I realise this might be obvious, but wear warmer clothes. Onesies are great if that’s your thing, but a good jumper and some warm trackies with thick woolly socks and slippers can go a long way.
9. Light a Contained fire. More commonly known as a candle (but less cool sounding)
Candles are a cost effective way to heat your home, especially if you use them in smaller rooms. Just make sure that you keep them away from anything flammable. Not only do they look beautiful, warm you home in a subtle but effective way, but they also create ambient light, reducing the need for you to use powered lights. So that’s two ticks on the power saving front! There are even makeshift heater how-to’s all over Pinterest that use terracotta pots and tea light candles. It’s a wonderful world.
10. Get the ‘rugged’ look (puns are my life).
If you have tiled flooring or floorboards (really anything other than carpet), invest in some rugs. They help to insulate your home and keep whatever heat you create around for longer. If you’re renting, it’s also a great way to protect the floor from any possible damage during your tenancy.
Those are my 10 tips for reducing your energy bill! They’ve worked for me, and I’ve never owned a heater in my adult life; I hope that they work for you too. If you have any tips of your own, please let me know in the comments!