Keeping your rental warm this winter


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Close off rooms not in use

Spare rooms take a lot to heat, if you or your room mates are going away for a couple of days keep it shut up tight.

 

Invest in a door snake

You can pick up a door snake for about $10 at Woolies or Mitre 10. You can also get really creative and make a door snake with old tights and pair less socks.


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Rug up

Before you reach for the thermostat try reaching for a blanket or comfy old hoodie. One of my winter favourites is curling up on the couch with a blanket and hot water bottle watching Netflix.



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Make the most of the sunlight

This one is a no brainer, the sun is an awesome source of heat and energy and if you are lucky enough to have a north facing unit you will want to make the most of it. Open your blinds and curtains in the morning this will let the sun filter in and warm the rooms. Remember to close the house up in the afternoon to trap the heat in side

 

Clear around heaters

Is the furniture blocking the heat from the source? Clearing around your heaters will help the warm air circulate around the house. There is no point in heating the back of the couch or under the coffee table. It can also help if you position the furniture into the centre of the house as the external walls can be colder.


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Floor Coverings

So covering your floor is one of the best ways to keep heat in especially if you are in a raised house with little or no insulation in the floor. This does not need to be an expensive task, flooring companies often give their offcuts to the Salvos or Vinnies, Where you can pick them up pretty cheaply

 

Film Insulation

Good old film insulation has been around for years, that’s because it works, by trapping a layer of air between the glass and the room, you can help keep the heat on the inside of the glass

 

Become a Baker

My flatmate is the best at this, she loves to bake: cakes, casseroles, roasts for all the friends, dinner parties are a must at our house, the added warmth from the extra people and the cooking that goes on in the kitchen warms the house up amazingly.


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