Winter in Armidale is almost here, and it will soon send alarm bells ringing. The cold winter with temperatures below freezing overnight, and grey skies with rainfall can be expensive on your electrical bill. We believe that there are a few basic home styling ideas that will help you save money whilst keeping the spirits high staying warm this winter.

1. Use accessories to add extra warmth this winter: plump pillows and rugs are ideal. Warm colours and textures should be used in your styling. Earthy tones of red, orange, and yellow, as well as gorgeous warm natural colours like khaki and varied shades of creams and browns, making you feel joyful and content; warm colours are ideal for creating a pleasant atmosphere. On cold nights, a throw blanket can be draped over the back of a sofa or chair, or it can be used as a bedspread. Choose a warm and snugly fabric like as fleece or wool, fake or a warm soft cotton; and if you need an extra layer of insulation, invest in a thermal blanket.

2. Adding floor rugs to your home: putting rugs over old carpet or to define a place is always a good idea that is less expensive than replacing your carpets. Rugs not only give warmth and comfort to your feet, but they can also assist trap heat in your home. Choose rugs with a thick pile to ensure that they are helpful in keeping your home warm. A soft and warm one next to your bed might make all the difference to your lover — you don't want icicle-like feet.

3. Purchase some warm bedding: Purchasing some good quality bedding is another excellent technique to stay warm throughout the winter. A thick quilt or duvet (known as Donas in Australia) will help insulate your body and keep you warm at night. Check that your sheets are likewise composed of a warm material, such as flannel or cotton.

4. Layer your clothing: Layering your clothing is one of the finest methods to stay warm while simultaneously lowering your electricity bill. Begin with a small layer of cotton, then add a layer of wool or fleece on top. This will keep you warm by trapping heat close to your body. Adding a jacket will provide you with the extra insulation you may require.

5. Energy-Efficient Appliances: When practical, utilise energy-efficient appliances such as your washing machine and dishwasher. Turn off the second fridge that you use in the summer for cold drinks. This will not only help you save money on your electricity bill, but it will also be better for the environment. There's no need to go out and buy new if you don't need new appliances right now, but the next time you're searching for a new appliance, look at the energy efficiency ratings. You'd be shocked how many appliances you assume are energy efficient are actually not.

6. Shower time: You've probably heard this one before, but it's true: taking shorter showers is an easy way to save money on your electricity bill. To save water and electricity, try aiming for five minutes or less. When it's chilly outside, this can be difficult! I turn off the hot water at the conclusion of the shower and finish with a lovely chilly blast for about 20 seconds, and then I'm ready to get out!

7. Finally, don't overlook your windows! Another wonderful strategy to save money on your electric bill is to change your blinds and drapes. Leaving your curtains and blinds open during the day allows natural light and sunshine to enter your home, warming it up and reducing the need for heating.