Aussies are sharing the creative and budget-savvy ways they are keeping warm this winter, as energy prices soar.
Taking to the popular Australia subreddit, one user compared their home to a “glorified tent” and said their electricity bills were already up by $100 to $150 compared to last year.
“What are your tips for staying warm when sitting in front of a computer at home all day?” they asked.
“I’m fed up with looking like [the] Michelin man: thick trousers, [wool] socks, uggs, tshirt and wool jumper and I’m still cold.”
Aussies flocked to the comments to share their winter hacks, with electric blankets one of the most popular suggestions.
“Apparently electric blankets are a lot more energy-efficient than I thought - some running at approx $0.03 per hour,” one user commented.
“Electric throw blanket on your seat, wrap it over your legs and you're toasty all day,” another said.
Aussies also recommended rugging up with as many layers as possible, including Oodies, beanies, thermals, socks, slippers and gloves.
“I have Uggs and a sheepskin hat. And an oodie. Keeping your head and feet toasty warm is a game changer,” one person said.
People also shared the things they are doing around the house to beat the chill, including blocking draughts, using door snakes, closing blinds and bubbling wrapping windows to keep the heat in.
Other popular tips included drinking hot tea during the day or working from bed.
Aussies cutting back on heating
A recent Finder survey found nearly three-quarters of households were turning off their heating to save money.
About 40 per cent of the 1,090 respondents said they had cut back because they were worried about rising energy prices, 18 per cent said they were doing so to offset other increased expenses, while 13 per cent said they simply couldn’t afford heating.
Finder utilities expert Mariam Gabaji urged Aussies to compare energy plans and switch to a cheaper deal if they could.
“Wearing extra layers and covering windows and door drafts could help protect vulnerable Aussies from dropping temperatures,” Gabaji added.
“Think about other expenses where you could cut back to prioritise keeping warm, and check on vulnerable neighbours this winter.”