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10 ways to save energy this winter while staying warm

10 ways to save energy this winter while staying warm

As winter sweeps across Australia, keeping warm becomes a top priority. But cranking up the heating can lead to skyrocketing electricity bills. Fear not, though, as there are plenty of ways to stay cosy while keeping energy consumption in check. Here's our 10 tips for staying warm, and saving energy this winter.

  1. Mind Your Thermostat: Lowering the thermostat by a few degrees can make a noticeable difference in energy consumption. Aim for a comfortable temperature, around 19-22°C  when you're home, and use the timer to turn it off when you're asleep or out.

  2. Seal Cracks and Insulate: Check for drafts around doors and windows, and seal them with weather stripping or caulking. Good insulation in roofs and walls helps to keep the warmth in, reducing the need for constant heating.

  3. Cosy Up with Heated Throw Blankets: Just like our electric blankets, our heated throws provide instant warmth without the need to heat the entire room while adding to the style of your room. Perfect for snuggling up on the couch during movie nights. 
  4. Electric Blankets or Bed Heating Pads: Our electric blankets offer targeted warmth and keep warm for longer after you turn them off or after the auto-timer cuts out. They use 90% less energy than a space heater, and the auto-off function helps to keep that electricity use for when you're awake to enjoy it. All round, they're our pick for a low-energy solution for staying snug while you sleep during chilly nights.

  5. Layer Up: Embrace the Aussie tradition of layering! Opt for cosy blankets, throws, and warm clothing to stay toasty indoors. Layering allows you to keep the thermostat lower without sacrificing comfort.

  6. Leverage Block Out Curtains: Keep curtains closed at night to trap warmth inside, especially for windows that face the chilly southern winds. During the day, open them up to let the sunshine naturally heat your home. Our friends at Cadence & Co have a gorgeous range of velvet block out curtains that brighten up the room and keep the heat in.

  7. Upgrade to Energy-Efficient Appliances: Consider replacing old heating systems with energy-efficient models. Modern heat pumps and gas heaters can keep you warm while using less electricity.
  8. Unplug Unused Electronics: Standby power can account for a significant portion of your electricity bill. Unplug electronics when not in use, or use power strips to easily cut off power to multiple devices at once.

  9. Regular Maintenance: Keep your heating system in top condition with regular maintenance. Clean or replace filters as needed to ensure efficient operation.

  10. Cook Smart: Use your oven during cooler parts of the day for cooking or baking. Afterwards, leave the oven door open to let the residual heat warm your kitchen.

With these practical tips, you can stay warm and cosy throughout the winter while keeping your electricity bills under control. Stay snug while being energy smart, and enjoy the cooler months responsibly.

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