We are in the deep throws of winter in Melbourne and it's icy outside! Luckily, it doesn't have to be all that bad. We've put together some tips so you can stay warm no matter how freezing the weather gets outside.
1. Bundle Up - It's easier to change your body temperature than room temperature, not to mention more eco-friendly. Instead of turning up the heat, put on another layer of clothing.
2. Wear a hat - You actually lose approximately 80 percent of your body heat through your head so put on your hat, even if you’re inside.
3. Turn on a ceiling fan - Warm air rises to the ceiling so run your fan on the lowest setting in a clockwise direction to push the warm air back down.
4. Switch between hot and cold water in the shower - Hot showers immediately warm you up, but cold showers improve blood circulation and correlate with a stronger immune system.
5. Block drafts with a pool noodle - Keep heat in and cold out by cutting a pool noodle in half lengthwise, wrapping it in fabric, and slide it under your door.
6. Programmable thermostat - Stay toasty on a schedule so you never go home to a room colder than outside.
7. Dress your windows up in warmer clothes - Replace your thin curtains with heavier wool or fleece drapes in the winter.
8. Go ahead, bake all day - Using your oven can heat up the whole house. You'll feel even cosier if you invite friends—and all their body heat—over to eat your delicious cooking.
9. Layer your covers with the thinnest, densest ones on top - Put your heavier blankets closer to your skin and top with thin blankets to prevent convective heat loss. Bonus tip: Don't put your bed directly against an exterior wall. You'll be warmer if you leave a little space.
Stay warm and make sure loved ones are doing the same!