For the purpose of this article, please suspend your disbelief and imagine that this edition of Bachelor of Being Broke coming from Wendy “Better Living Everyone” Meyer.
As great as student flats are for Saturday night drinks, Orientation Week celebration, or Netflix and chill, insulation in these abodes is scarce—if any. So, here are some tips to stay warm before, during and after the cold hits Hamilton.
A pre-warning to anyone new to Tinder around this time of year: you will be preyed upon me as a potential “cuddle buddy”, by someone who wants to be warmed up. If you are aware of the connotations behind this tactic and genuinely want to use this means of heating, go for gold. However, this may not be a reliable source of heating as the meet up might be in a colder flat and things could possibly heat up in a bad way between your new “buddy”. Now that we’ve addressed that, let’s move onto some more practical approaches.
As cool as one thinks they may look walking around campus in shorts and a t-shirt, it’s impractical. The necessity of investing in a raincoat, umbrella, even waterproof footwear is critical—especially travelling to and from uni. Lots of op shops have second-hand coats and layers at decent prices if the budget is a struggle. Some stores may even have leftover stock from last year’s winter at a lower rate. However, I’m sure most wardrobes involve track pants, a onesie from Dis-Orientation week, and a leavers’ hoodie to help out.
Let’s give a quick shout out to all the local laundromats. While they may not be as luxe as TV shows may them look, but it is something every student should take full value of. For $2, you can wash and dry your clothes as well. This is saving money on power that could go towards heating. Bonus points for no damp clothes in your lounge.
Next, and this sounds more complex than it actually is, is to buy an interior window insulation kit. These range from $20-$50 depending on the area and can be purchased at a local hardware store. It’s a cheaper alternative to double glazing and really does help stop the heat escaping through the windows. What reflects into the house will only be the sunshine and radiance, and is a great way to keep warm.
There are much better and more affordable ways to keep warm this upcoming winter. Just be aware of how high your power bill can get while having a heater going in your flat. However, if you have the luxury of being able to afford high power bills, just skip all the steps above.