Melbourne wakes to coldest morning in a year

Melbourne has just experienced its coldest morning in nearly a year 16000646 800480760 0 0 14019804 300

It's getting cold out there, and Melbourne in particular will be feeling the chill after experiencing a low of 3.4 degrees C last night (June 12).

That was their coldest temperature since July last year when temperatures plummeted to 2.7 degrees, according to the Bureau of Meteorology. 

It wasn't till around 6.30 in the morning that the thermometer passed five degrees and many Melbourne households would have turned to appliances in an attempt to defrost their living rooms.

Before you reach for that heater or electric blanket however, you might want to remember the impact that such devices can have on your power bills.

Electricity prices in Victoria rose by ten per cent in January this year, and will increase even further on July 1 when the carbon tax comes into effect, so it's worth finding ways to cut back on electricity consumption.

By wrapping up in an extra layer or two, you can save money and help the environment as well.

For those that just can't stand the thought of living in a chilly home, purchasing energy efficient appliances is often a good way to keep power bills manageable.

Melbourne residents might want to consider purchasing a new winter coat, as Weatherzone is forecasting rain and maximum temperatures of around 15 degrees C for the rest of the week.

Posted by Charlie Moore