Household Hacks

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How To Retain Heat Inside Your Home

According to, up to 40% of your home’s heat can be lost through your windows. One low-tech solution is to close your blinds or curtains (when it is colder outside than inside) which will help to reduce heat lost in this way. This should help to reduce the time you need to run your reverse-cycle AC or heater, and help to reduce heating costs.

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What’s the Cheapest Way to Heat Your Home in Winter?

Looking at winter heating costs – according to, a reverse cycle air-conditioner is the most economical electrical heating option for your home. In an experiment over a 3 month period, they determined that a convection electric heater cost almost twice as much to run ($296 vs $163). Reverse-cycle air-conditioners do have a higher upfront cost, but over time, they are a less expensive heating solution and will save money compared to other options. Plus, they will keep you cool in summer as an added bonus!

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How to Clean a Kettle with Lemons

How often do you clean the inside of your kettle? 😀 It’s not a bad idea to take a look inside from time to time and check to see how clean and fresh things are looking. After all, you do drink the water that comes out of this thing! Over time and use, the inside of your kettle can build up scale, germs and grime. Here’s a quick tip to keep your kettle clean:

  1. Grab a couple of 🍋 lemons, cut them up into quarters, and pop them into your kettle
  2. Fill the kettle up with water 🚰 & boil it (with the lemons inside)
  3. Let it cool down and then boil it again, then let it cool down
  4. Empty out the lemons and check it out

✅ The citric acid in the lemons works as a natural cleaning tool and disinfectant, and this combination of lemons and boiling water will help kill household germs and remove grime.


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