As the summer heat continues, many of us turn to air conditioning, but that’s an expensive decision. According to consumer advocate CHOICE, a large air conditioning system will add $530 a year to your power bill, while a ceiling fan will cost $30 a year to run.
The weather’s getting warmer across much of Australia, and there’s no immediate change in sight. Ensure you stay cool with our comprehensive roundup of heat-beating tips, covering everything from how to use air conditioning more effectively to what to cook that won’t overheat you and how to make the most of your beach time.
Biscuit cravings can strike at any time, even if the temperatures outside are topping 40 degrees. If you have the urge for something freshly-baked and sweet but don’t like the idea of firing up the oven, reach for your non-stick pan. Biscuits (or cookies as our US cousins have it) are surprisingly easy to make on the stove, and they take a fraction of the time.
It’s hard to muster up the willpower to walk into the kitchen on a hot summer day. Just preheating an oven can feel like torture. Few of us can afford to eat at an air-conditioned restaurant seven nights a week, but there are plenty of cooking options that will keep the heat down and still let you fill yourself with tasty grub.
The old saying that you should wait at least 30 minutes after eating before you swim is based on the idea that after a big meal, blood will be diverted away from your arms and legs, towards your stomach’s digestive tract. And if your limbs don’t get enough blood flow to function, you’re at risk of drowning. But is it sound advice, or is it just parents wanting a 30-minute break to relax after a big lunch?