Melbourne blasted by winter rain

Melbourne residents still recovering from Tuesday's record breaking 5.3 magnitude earthquake are now being blasted by a torrential rainstorm.

The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) has issued a road weather alert for all Melbourne suburbs, as heavy rain is reducing visibility and making roads slippery.

Flood warnings are also in effect for the greater Melbourne catchments, west and south Gippsland and north-east Victoria.

In these wet winter months it is important to keep your home warm and dry in order to keep the family healthy.

The first thing you should do is ensure your home is well insulated to improve energy efficiency and minimise heat loss. With proper insulation, warm air stays in while cold air is kept out, meaning that you will no longer need to keep that electric heater running all night.

Dehumidifiers can also be an excellent way of keeping a healthy home. Most people are comfortable at between 40 and 60 per cent relative humidity according to Manfred Kaiser, author of How The Weather Affects Your Health.

These appliances can be expensive to run however, and in this time of rising electricity prices it is important to ensure you are contracted to the right supplier to suit your needs.

A electricity comparison check is often the best way to fully evaluate your options and give you the information you need in order to make an informed decision.

The BOM is forecasting for heavy rain to continue tomorrow in Melbourne, before clearing up slightly on Sunday, with possible showers next week.

Posted by Charlie Moore