5 Easy Ways to Slash Your Power Bill This Winter
Winter is one of the most expensive times of year for most Australians. Heaters, electrics blankets and lights are almost always on, which amounts to a pretty hefty bill.
But you don’t need to switch off and tough it out to save money. You can cut the cost of your heating bill this winter with just a few simple changes.
Let me show you how…
1. Create your own insulation with bubble wrap
Windows are the most common source of cold drafts. Traditional window insulation can be unsightly and expensive. But you can create your own without ruining the look of a room.
Simply cut some bubble wrap to the size of the window. Spray the window with water, then press the bubble wrap onto the window while it’s still wet.
For a more detailed tutorial, click here.
2. Opt for spicy foods
Try and eat foods seasoned with chilli, cayenne or ginger this winter.
The intense spices raise your body temperature, so you might not need the heater on as much.
And it’s the perfect season for warm, spicy stews. Why not give a slow-cooked spicy beef curry a try?
3. Swap the electric blanket for a heated mattress pad
Electric blankets are a popular way to keep warm during winter. But they’re not very cost-effective.
Electric blankets radiate their heat upwards towards the ceiling. Heat escapes, so to keep warm you need to use them at a higher setting for longer.
Try a heated mattress cover instead.
They use less energy so you’ll save money on usage costs. And they keep the heat captured around your body from the mattress underneath, so you won’t need to leave it on as long.
4. Make sure you’re using the correct firewood
If you have an open fire or stove heating your home, it’s important to use the correct firewood.
You can save money by only burning hardwoods like oak and maple. They’re denser and burn slower, so you won’t need to stock up as often.
You should also never cover wood with a tarp as this prevents evaporation. The firewood will become damp and produce less heat.
5. Use a slow cooker instead of the oven
Using a slow cooker is a great way to cut costs, because they use less energy than an oven. It can also save money on your grocery bill.
The slow-cooking process breaks down tough, cheaper meats. So you don’t need to buy the expensive stuff to enjoy a tender, juicy casserole.