For those of us living in the Southern Hemisphere winter is coming! And so are those crazy energy bills as we try to battle are way through the Arctic climate. We also know that non-renewable energy sources, such as gas, coal and electricity can have a detrimental impact on the environment through the extractive industries such as mining, and the process of energy generation, transformation, distribution and consumption. So how can we remain both warm, cost-effective and eco-friendly this winter?
First off a bit of preparation before the storm can save you heaps. Having proper insulation keeps your house cooler in the summers and warmer in the winters. Installing solar panels for the summertime will keep your energy bills lower in the long run as you capitalise on the great weather for several months of the year. If heating is a necessity consider installing a thermostat that can keep your house at a comfortable temperature. Every degree makes a difference to your energy bills so chuck on a sweater and pants.
In fact clothing can make a huge difference to your comfort and energy consumption! Some of us like to live in winter denial when it comes to fashion but investing in some proper jackets, pants and thermals are much more cost-effective and energy efficient than heating.
Keep your house warmer by getting some thicker curtains for winter, keeping unused room's doors closed and door stops for big draft areas. If you've got wooden floorboards or tiling a comfy pair of slippers and some rugs will save your feet from the chill. Night times can be the hardest when the temperatures drop significantly, so my favourite addition at bedtimes is a hot water bottle and a good quilt.
Like moths to the flame it's tempting to go overboard with the heating particularly in climates where there's such a drastic change from summer to winter temperatures. However, the environment and your bank account will thank you in the long run if you choose these simple eco-friendly options over expensive heating devices.