Winter takes its toll on our bodies and our wallets. First, it’s freezing and our bodies struggle to cope with this changed and differing temperature. But, on the other hand, our wallets become emptier as we try purchase those products that help us stay warm. Of course, items aren’t equal and we need to know which ones are best, especially during a time when we’ll already be spending more than we usually would.
Thick clothes and jackets
As much as we’d like to stay beneath the covers until the sun is out again, we do need to journey outside for travel, work and so on. This means enduring the cold. Thankfully, most of us are smart enough to dress warmly and properly. But this doesn’t mean all thick clothes are equal. Different material must be considered, whether in terms of quality or longevity and even in terms of how it feels. So think carefully and don’t just buy the biggest one just because it’s the biggest. Think hard about whether it will last longer.
Your house should have more blankets than walls during winter. Many people love snuggling up and being consumed by layers of wool and cotton and so on. Yet, blankets can also be electric. But, it might not be a good idea to get an electric blanket, since you already will be using more electricity in other areas of your house.
Perhaps among all the appliances you’ll use in winter, the heater will be the most obvious. Like clothes and blankets, it is important to realise that not all heaters are equal. For example, do you get an electric or gas heater. It seems that in the short term, electric heaters are better – but, if it’s a long, horrible winter or you live in a cold house, a gas heater makes more sense. Also, in the long run, gas heaters will save on electricity, which – in a large house – is probably already a problem, with needing to light up rooms now that darkness comes quicker and lasts longer.
Food will be a bit harder since hot food gets cold quicker. You might find yourself re-heating and using the microwave more, if not having to cook on your stove for longer. Gas ovens and stoves, therefore, might be a good investment due to the amount of energy required – this can help eliminate or cut down on electricity pricing.
Even non electricity-focused items can be important. For example, a clothes horse allows you to hang clothes inside. This means never having to worry about the rain making your recently washed clothes wet and leaving you high and (not really) dry.
Think carefully as we go into winter about those items you should acquire – as winter has a tendency to make things a little bit more difficult and uncomfortable, if we don’t plan ahead. Also, invest in a good weather channel, app, or station!
Author BioEmily Apple is a freelance writer, artist and jewellery designer. She is a firm believer in filling her days with positive information, people and experiences to achieve a fulfilling life – a quest she takes most seriously. She lives in sunny South Africa, but spends as much time as possible exploring the world.