Winter may be on its way, but your electricity bills needn’t go through the roof. Follow these tips to stay warm this winter and sidestep the freeze…
- Jump around!
We know it’s tempting to curl up into a ball and hibernate, but nothing staves off the shivers better than a bout of physical exercise. Whether you whip out the skipping rope; hit the gym or simply sweep the floors while listening to It’s getting hot in here is up to you… Bonus: you’ll keep fit too.
- Layer up
Invest in some long johns and a thermal vest (nobody needs to know!) and you’ll be smiling your way through winter while those around you grimace. Try wearing two (or three) pairs of socks and be sure to remember a hat or beanie.
- Get cooking with SnapnSave
Winter is the perfect time for soups, stews and casseroles: the long, slow process of cooking them will keep your house hot and steamy and eating them will warm your heart. Ingredients are usually basic and affordable (you can use cheaper cuts of meat, for example) and if you download SnapnSave you can make even further savings.
SnapnSave is the only app in SA that gives you cashback on loads of products, regardless of where you buy them. Deals are updated on a weekly basis and include everything from brinjals to brandewyn. Find out how to start saving with SnapnSave here.
Hot tip: Get yourself a Wonderbag and cook for free!
- Rug rat
Tiled floors are easier to clean and maintain than carpets. But they don’t just feel cold… they actually absorb cold air and circulate it back into your home. For the best of both worlds, buy some area rugs that will keep the house cosy but can be popped in the wash when Junior spills his Oros on them.
- Hot air rises
You wouldn’t go to bed without a blanket, but loads of South African homes have inadequate insulation. An uninsulated house loses up to 35% of its energy through its ceiling… And we all know how much said energy costs! Fortunately, insulation is relatively inexpensive and extremely easy to install. If ever something will pay for itself, this is it.
- Sock it to me
Microwave bean bags are a much safer and cheaper alternative to old-fashioned hot water bottles. You could buy an overpriced, hand-stitched masterpiece from a boutique. Or you could just find an old sock (but please wash it first) and fill it with uncooked rice and a few sprigs of dried lavender… They work wonders on aching necks and sore backs too.