Winter in Australia looks a bit different in every region, Darwin locals might be enjoying a perfect sunny day while Tasmanians watch snow fall as temperatures drop to zero degrees Celsius. In most parts of the country there is still a distinct winter chill factor which means taking action to stay warm at home and school. Heating often requires energy, so what’s the most energy efficient way to stay comfortable and cosy this Winter?

  1. Mind the gaps
    Internal air flow is important to understand for both summer and winter, and plays a vital role in energy efficiency. Do you feel cold draughts when the doors are closed? Inspect the room and identify gaps in floors, windows, doors or ceilings that may need to be addressed.
  2. Windows of opportunity
    Keeping windows closed when it’s cold is obvious but managing curtains or blinds can be almost as important. Closing curtains when it’s dark is a good way to keep heat in, while opening to let sunshine in can help warm an otherwise cold space.
  3. Heaters gonna heat
    Heaters can be marvelous on a frosty winter’s day but what do how much energy is being consumed? Find out how old yor heater is and when it was last serviced. Energy efficiency can vary widely between different styles and models.
  4. Put it in reverse
    Did you know many ceiling fans often have a reverse mode? Using ceiling fans at a low speed in the clockwise direction produces a gentle updraft, which forces warm air near the ceiling down into the space below where you want it.
  5. Bundle up
    It’s a lot more efficient to keep yourself warm as opposed a whole room! Ugg boots, beanies, warm slippers, socks, jumpers, blankets and hot water bottles can all go a long way to keeping you warm without using much electricity. When you’re at home consider using electric blankets and heat pads instead of heaters when sleeping on the coldest nights.
  6. Just your cup of tea
    Tea, coffee and hot chocolates are winter favourites and for good reason. Not only do they taste warm, they actually bring your body temperature up. Remember to use your own mug or tea cup to get the bonus of heat transfer on your hands while avoiding single-use packaging.

If you have any other clever winter tips, we’d love to hear from you! Please send recommendations or feedback to info@solarschools.net.