By Anja van den Berg
We all want to be warmer in winter but with electricity costs skyrocketing, simply turning
on all the heaters may not be the best idea. Here’s how you can make your home a cosier place, without forking out too much cash.
- Utilise nature’s heater
Rearrange your furniture to soak up the sun. The sun sets lower in winter and the way the light enters your windows differs too. Couches that may be flooded with sun in summer may be chillier places to sit in winter. When you have a whole day to observe, pay attention to how light enters your rooms and move furniture around into the sunlight to stay warmer. Open the curtains to let in the sun, and then create cosy nooks in different areas of your sitting room, or shift your bed around in your bedroom.
- Make the most of cooking
What would winter be without comfort food? The great thing about soups, stews and curries is that they can be produced with minimum fuss and made in bulk as they can be easily frozen. This saves you cash when buying ingredients, and also frees up your time. Buy a whole lot of seasonal veggies and enjoy the heat emitted from your stove – as well as the boiling hot pot! Soon your home will smell like spices, dinner will be ready AND you’ll have loads left over for lunches during the week.
- Keep the wind out
Cracks in window frames can be a key escape point for warm air, so check windows for draughts by running your hand along the edge of the frame. If you feel cold air, you can patch the hole with putty or a form of sealant. Keep those costs low by showing off your DYI skills.
- Don’t wait – insulate!
As cold days and nights make you reach for the heater, it’s important to check your home’s insulation. Adding to, improving, or fixing your ceiling insulation will help to keep the heat in. There are a variety of affordable insulation products available on the market.
- 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.
East Coast Radio: https://www.ecr.co.za/lifestyle/house-home/five-budget-friendly-hacks-beat-winter-your-home/
Women and Home Magazine: https://www.womanandhomemagazine.co.za/life/lifestyle/9-clever-ways-heat-home-winter
African Reporter: https://africanreporter.co.za/79337/prepare-warmest-winter-easy-budget-friendly-decor-tips-sheet-street/