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Top tips: winter-proof your flat

If your flat is feeling like the Arctic then check out these clever, low-budget tips to winter-proof your place:

  • Tin foil is your friend. If you have a radiator heater attached to a wall, particularly an external wall, a lot of heat is lost behind the radiator. You can reflect the heat back into the room by sticking tin foil on the wall behind the radiator. If you can’t quite get to the wall, wrap a large bit of cardboard in foil and slide it behind the heater.
  • No fire? Block the chimney. If you have a fireplace that you don’t use it’s really important to close off the chimney as it sucks the heat right outside. This can easily be done by shoving bunches of newspaper up there – but make sure you remove it before lighting a fire!
  • Plastic fantastic. I’ll bet your windows aren’t double glazed. However, you can DIY by covering your windows with a layer of bubble wrap. Just cut it to size, spray the window with a fine mist of water and it should stick. You can also put a blob of blue tack in the corners to make sure.
  • Cover your walls. Minimise energy loss by decorating! Putting things on the walls acts a bit like insulation. The more surface area that’s covered by pictures and mirrors the better.
  • Re-organise your furniture. Make sure there’s nothing blocking the flow of heaters or vents in the house. Try to keep couches and beds away from walls and windows, not only to avoid moisture and mould, but because they retain some heat which you don’t want to lose. Also, think about the positioning of your desk. If it’s against an external wall then you’ll feel the cold much more.

Leave us a comment below if you have any more tips and tricks for a warm home.

Feeling cold? Keep warm on campus

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With the cold weather beginning to settle in I’m sure many of you have had a taste of what winter will be like at your flat, and I bet you’re not excited about it. Unless you’re lucky enough to live in the halls and don’t have to worry about power bills, student life during a Christchurch winter can be tough.

If this sounds like you, have you considered spending more time at uni? Not only will you inevitably be more productive, but you’ll actually be in a warm, comfortable environment. There are a number of particularly good locations to accommodate you. Here are our top 6 warm spots:

  • Karl Popper student lounge
  • The Living Room
  • The Engine Room
  • Puaka-James Hight (and all the other libraries)
  • Erskine 001 and 010 (24/7 computer workrooms)
  • Kotuku (24/7 computer workrooms at Dovedale)

It’s important to be in a warm, dry environment in order to stay healthy during winter. If you do get a bit under the weather, make sure you’re doing everything you can to winter-proof your flat here. Leave us a comment with your favourite warm spot on campus!