Cheap ways to beat win­ter blues

Kapi-Mana News - - OPINION -

With the tem­per­a­ture plum­met­ing in win­ter, there are cheap ways to keep you and your house warm.

Switch­ing power com­pa­nies or us­ing some of our tips to keep you toasty will ease the bur­den on your wal­let.

Re­search done by the Elec­tric­ity Author­ity us­ing 2012 data es­ti­mated that 50 per cent of New Zealand house­holds paid more than the aver­age power price that was avail­able to them.

If all el­i­gi­ble house­holds had switched to the cheap­est elec­tric­ity provider in their re­gion that year, they could have saved an aver­age of $175 each or $295 mil­lion in to­tal.

It’s re­ally easy to find out how much you could save.

Sim­ply go to the What’s My Num­ber web­site whatsmynum­ber.org.nz, and use the sim­ple cal­cu­la­tor to find out what your es­ti­mated sav­ings could be.

If you want a more ac­cu­rate idea, What’s My Num­ber then clicks you through to Con­sumer NZ’s Pow­erswitch web­site, pow­erswitch.org.nz.

It also shows you the cost of us­ing power from all en­ergy re­tail­ers in your area, and makes switch­ing re­tail­ers easy to do.

Here are some tips to keep warm:

Keep win­dows un­cov­ered dur­ing the day and use in­su­lated cur­tains at night to trap heat in.

Put area rugs on your floors.

Move all fur­ni­ture away from heat­ing vents.

Use cheap weather­strip to seal win­dows and drafty doors.

Get a doorstop to stop heat es­cap­ing.

Our bod­ies nat­u­rally cool down closer to bed­time, so tak­ing a warm bath just be­fore hop­ping into bed will help keep you cosy.

Re­cy­cle old knitted jer­seys by cut­ting off the sleeves and use as funky leg-warm­ers.

When watch­ing TV, keep blan­kets on so­fas dur­ing win­ter and turn the heater down.

Good old hot wa­ter bot­tles and wheat bags are cheap and last well.

Keep the fire­place damper closed when not in use.

Use flan­nel sheets and elec­tric blan­kets in your bed.

Ex­er­cise keeps you warm. Save on gym fees and do your yoga or pi­lates at home. Close the doors of un­used rooms. Soups and broths are re­ally cheap and easy to make and will not just warm your tummy, but your kitchen, too.

En­er­gy­wise is an agency that can give you great tips on keep­ing your home warm and power bill down.

Go to en­er­gy­wise.govt.nz.

Cosy feel­ing: There are ways to keep even the cold­est places that bit warmer.

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