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Prepare your house for winter

If you hadn't noticed, winter is almost here and baby - it's looking like a cold one.

Interested in staying snug as a bug at home without paying a fortune (or even saving money?).   Here's our tips.

1. Bedding

Time to get out your winter blankets!  Having an extra layer across beds (and throw rugs on the couch) can prevent itching fingers reaching for that heating dial when spending down time at home.

Woolen underlays and flannelette sheets can also make beds more cozy, reducing the need for heating at night.  Check out department stores' pre-winter sales for new woollen items.

If your woollens have been in storage over summer, give them a freshen up by washing in eucalyptus oil (here's how, here).  It's a good idea for new items too.   Wait until a sunny day so you can dry them outside!

2. Heating

If you haven't already, now's the time to service & clean your heating system, whether it's a ducted reverse cycle, a free standing appliance or a fireplace. 

According to Energy.gov.au you should clean or replace your air conditioning system's filter or filters every month or two during each season. Filters may need more frequent attention if the air conditioner is in constant use, is subjected to dusty conditions, or you have fur-bearing pets in the house.

Keeping the filter clean or replacing old filters can lower your air conditioner's energy consumption by 5% to 15%.

3. Consider rugs

Rugs on wooden floors, and extra window furnishing work to trap in heat, helping make your home more cozy.

4. Prepare for winter colds

If you own a steam vaporiser, check it's still working and give it a clean as per the instruction manual.  Make sure you're stocked up on eucalyptus oil, inhalants and chest rub for those inevitable winter colds about to hit.

Check expiry dates on old cough medicine, lozenges and throat sprays, and replace if needed.  There's nothing worse than feeling sick and trying to find an open 24 hour chemist!

5. Pull out the slow cooker

One of the best things about winter is it's the perfect time for comfort food!

Time to put the old favourites back on the menu - a slow cooker makes this really easy (try here for some great recipes).

Try:

  • Soups
  • Casseroles
  • Roasts
  • Pasta bakes
  • Curries

The best thing about winter meals is they're perfect for "freezer cooking" - fill your freezer with portions of soup and casseroles and you can have dinner (and work lunches) sorted in a few minutes during the week.

6. Freshen up your decor

Winter's a great time to add a splash of colour, whether it's new throw pillows, some plush new bath towels or just a new set of tea towels.  Brighten up your home!

7. Take advantage of the winter sun

If you happen to have a bright, sunny winter day make sure you open all the curtains to let the heat in, then when the sun sets shut them again.

 

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