Short of upping sticks and heading for the Caribbean, there aren’t too many ways to escape a cold New Zealand winter. All you can really do is grin and bear it, and hope it will soon pass.
But the friendly folk at Flick Electric have put their heads together and come up with a few useful ways to help you get through the last of the winter season, warm, dry and happy.
Flick’s Top 10 Tips For A Warm And Happy Winter
- Indulge in the culinary. Winter is the season of comfort food – roast dinners, sweet or savoury pies, hot desserts with lashings of cream, seafood chowders, rich beers, mulled wine and hot toddies – so take this excuse and run with it.
- On the same vein – make soup, and lots of it. Meat and vegetable, pumpkin, chicken and corn, minestrone, tomato. Anything that warms you from the inside out and has a healthy dose of vitamins will do the trick. Better yet, use a slow cooker to gently stew them during off-peak power hours – with Flick, you’ll benefit from the cheaper prices! Store them in your freezer for those days and nights that you just can’t be bothered cooking. Serve with a large, buttery portion of garlic bread.
- Shut your curtains before the sun sets. You might need to turn on the lights to combat the darkness, but at least it will help keep that warmth inside.
- Take your coat with you! Always. This may sound scarily like something your Mum would say, but it’s very good advice. You just never know when you might need it.
- If you don’t have double glazed windows, look into purchasing a window insulator kit. You can buy them from places like Bunnings, and they make a big difference to window heat retention. They’re also relatively cheap.
- Stay active. A good dose of exercise helps with blood circulation and ups your immunity levels, as well as increasing those positive, feel-good endorphins that work to stave off any mid-winter blues.
- Invest in a good pair of slippers. You might look like an elderly character from the cast of Coronation Street, but your warm feet will thank you.
- Minimise moisture. Air your house out during the day, use your extractor fans if you have them, and try not to dry washing indoors. To reduce the cost of operating your dryer during winter, keep an eye on the Flick Choice app and dry your clothes when the cost of power is low.
- Go to the mall; take a long bath, visit the cinema; curl up with a good book. Do all the things you feel bad doing during the warmer months. Stay indoors and warm, and enjoy yourself. No time like the present!
- Before you head out the door in the morning, put a stew or roast in the slow-cooker, and set your heat pump timer to turn on an hour or so before you get home (both of which are cost-effective ways to use your electricity, especially if you’re with Flick). There’s nothing more comforting than coming home to a warm house filled with the scent of an already-cooked dinner!
Winter, you just got amazing.
Find out how you can start making the most of off-peak, low cost power prices at flickelectric.co.nz.