7 Tips to Survive an Australian Winter on a Budget


As the weather starts to change, you might notice that Australia can actually get a little chilly sometimes.

Here are 7 tips to keep you warm this winter, without blowing your budget on heating bills.

If you are interested in understanding your budget, make sure to use our Cost of Living Calculator.

1.  Be strategic about windows and curtains

What time of day does the sun shine through your windows?  When it does, open your curtains to soak up the heat.  Once the sun’s gone, close them up to keep out the winter chill.

2.  Become an expert on your heater

If you have heaters installed at your place, make sure they’re working correctly and that nothing is sitting in front of or on top of them. If you’re renting and the installed heaters aren’t working, remember that your landlord has a responsibility to make sure that they are.

You should also find out if you have a gas or electric heater and then check if you’re getting a good deal from your energy supplier. The Australian Energy Regulator has some great online tools to help you compare the prices of different energy offers.

If you plan on buying a heater, do some research. Use this guide from Sustainability Victoria to know what to look for.

3.  Shut up unused rooms

Keep the heat where you need it most by always shutting the doors on any rooms you’re not using, especially when you have the heater running.

4.  Get door draught blockers

Cold air often creeps in underneath doors. ‘Snake’ draught stoppers are a budget way of keeping out a lot of cold air. You can even make one yourself.

5.  Stay warm while you sit

You’re most likely to want to turn the heater up when you’re sitting still because your body temperature will naturally start to drop. Use a hot water bottle, blanket or beanie baby to prevent being tempted to turn the heater on while you’re lounging around.

6.  Cover bare floors

Place rugs and mats on top of any bare floors to stop chill from rising.

7.  Shop smart for winter clothes

Don’t waste your budget – always read the labels when you shop for winter clothes. Avoid cotton and look for polyester (especially polyester polar fleece), wool and things with ‘down’ filling. Nylon is particularly good for windproof outer layers. There’s also no harm in getting some thermal underwear, for those extra chilly days.

Stay warm this Winter and remember…there’s always an Aussie Summer waiting around the corner!