Winter Tips: Stay warm while being energy efficient
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 are the most energy efficient ways to stay comfortable and cosy this winter?
- 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.
- 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. Also remember to close doors to unused rooms and spaces.
- Spatial awareness
Does your desk sit near a frosty window? Don’t be afraid to rearrange furniture to stay comfortable during the colder months. If one side of the house or classroom is more exposed, a new layout could potentially save the need for additional heating. A little bit like feng shui for energy efficiency.
- Heaters gonna heat
Heaters can be marvellous on a frosty winter’s day but do you know how much energy is being consumed? Find out how old your heater is and when it was last serviced. Energy efficiency can vary widely between different styles and models.
- 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. Perfect for circulating warm air in a chilly classroom.
- 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.
- Just your cup of tea
Tea, coffee and hot chocolates are winter favourites and for good reason. Not only do they taste warm, but they also actually bring your body temperature up. Remember to use your own mug or teacup to get the bonus of heat transfer on your hands while avoiding single-use packaging.
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