According to Eskom, up to 8% of a household’s electricity bill is for space heating, which means that even though we have sunny weather, we definitely feel the cold in winter and try to outrun the frost as much as possible.
With load shedding constantly looming over us due to pressure on the country’s power grid, here are some tips to stay warm without cranking up the heater:
Curtains reduce heat loss. However, curtains will only help if they have been installed and hung properly. It is also preferable to keep curtains closed at night to keep heat from escaping.
Only Heat the Room You’re In
By only heating up the room you’re occupying, you’ll save electricity and cut down on the risk of a potential house fire. Always check that the heater is switched off before going to bed.
Stock Up On Blankets
Instead of using a heater, rather snuggle up under blankets with your loved ones with a hot chocolate in hand. Don’t forget the mini marshmallows!
Wear a Hat
We’ll often grab a hat when heading out, but wear your beanies and woolen hats indoors as well to stay warm.
Keep thin blankets close, but fluffy blankets closer
Fluffier blankets should be kept closer to your skin. Thin, dense blankets should be on top of your bed to prevent heat loss.
Move Your Bed
Move your bed slightly away from an exterior facing wall. You’ll be much warmer if you leave a little space between your bed and a cold wall.
South Africa still has a way to go with green energy but composting is a trend that is gaining traction. The microbial breakdown of organic material produces heat and can be used to power geysers. However, this is not a viable option just yet for all South Africans.
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