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Winter News 2014

October 17, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Winter News 2014

Top tips for keeping your house warm this winter
Keeping your house warm over winter can be hard. It can cost a small fortune to generate enough heat to get your house warm, and then there are so many ways for the heat to escape and the cold air to take its place. Luckily there are some affordable and simple ways to keep your house warm this winter that don’t require a big budget or a degree in rocket science.

Thick curtains are great for trapping your heat inside, and curtains with thermal lining are even better. But if you have only got standard curtains in the house, there are a couple of tricks you can use to maximise their heat retention.

Thermal lining can be expensive, but other materials, such as cheap fleece, can be almost as effective. Just line the backs of your curtains with some fleece from your local fabric shop, and you’ll be able to notice the difference. In fact, you can even use an old PVC shower curtain to do the same thing.
And it’s not just the windows that need to be covered. Doors are notorious for leaking heat, so putting a curtain over your door might be a good idea too. And why not put a rug or folded towel at the foot of the door to stop your precious heat leaving the room.

Opening the curtains during the day is also a good idea. We often think that open curtains during daylight hours means losing all our precious heat during the day, but opening the curtains makes the most of the sun – the most effective and affordable heater known to man. Just make sure you remember to close them when the sun goes down.

Closing unused rooms is another effective method to prevent your precious heat being wasted. If you’re not intending to use certain rooms for the rest of the day, close the doors. That way your heat stays where you want it to be.

Bare floor boards are a welcome invitation for the cold, and account for as much as 10 percent of heat loss. Wooden floors are the worst for leaking heat, but this can be prevented, or at least minimised, by placing rugs and blankets over the floor. This also has the added bonus of keeping your feet warmer too.

If you’re keen to know how you can further prevent heat loss in your home, get up and walk around on a cold evening. Are there drafts coming from outside? From beneath doors? From between the floorboards? Have a think about what you could do to keep your house warmer this winter without splashing the cash!

Do you have an emergency nest egg?
Earlier this year this was a glitch with ANZ’s payment system, and a whole lot of New Zealanders woke up on payday to discover they hadn’t been paid.

It didn’t take long for the issue to be resolved, and everyone was paid by lunchtime, but the ANZ Facebook page was still inundated with complaints and tales of tragedy as people claimed they were now starving, cold and unable to put petrol in their car because of ANZ’s mistake.

If you woke up on payday and found yourself in this situation, what would your day be like? Would you be going to work hungry because you couldn’t afford to buy food for lunch? Would you have to walk to work because you had no money to pay for petrol or a bus? Or would you just transfer a few dollars from your emergency account and go on your merry way?

For many, waking up on pay day to find their account empty should be a wake-up call, and one of the best things you can do if you’re scared of ever being in this situation is to create an emergency account.

Most financial gurus and advisers these days recommend having a separate account that’s just for emergencies, and they’re not hard to set up. In fact, most banks will let you do it online. Just log in to your banking website and create a brand new internet account.
But having the account is only half the job – now it just needs some money. Because many people live from pay day to pay day, putting a couple of hundred dollars aside into your emergency account is much easier said than done.

Instead, consider starting an automatic payment, so every week or fortnight even as little as $5 is transferred into your emergency account without you having to do anything. $5 doesn’t sound like much, but within 10 weeks you’ll have more than enough to put petrol in your car and buy some lunch if your pay doesn’t come through.

One of the key pieces of advice given about keeping an emergency accounts is to make it a little harder to access than your regular accounts. If you had a card in your wallet that had access to your emergency account, the temptation to spend the money would be too great. Instead, make it so that the only way to access that money is to have to transfer it from the special account into your regular account.



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