Cheap ways to beat winter blues
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.