Keeping warm in winter on the cheap is not easy.
But we’ve pulled together some tips so you can make sure you heat as well as eat.
So have a look at our ideas to see if you can pull off a tricky balancing act as winter starts to bite.
It’s not just about wearing a jumper in the house – although that will help – but practical ways to stop the shivering.
It’s all about saving pennies which will eventually turn into saving pounds.
Npower, which supplies many North East homes with gas and electricity, says a drop in temperature always in always followed by a spike in demand.
What can you do?
Here, with the help of Npower and others, are our top ten tips.
1. Sort your curtains
Do you have nice bright light curtains for summer and another set – this time of darker heavier material – for the winter? Then it’s time to get the winter curtains out of the airing cupboard and put them up. Heavy curtains will keep in the heat in rather than allow it to escape through the windows. And all the better if it has a thermal lining.
2. Check your radiators
Check what is in front of the radiators. If you have a sofa plonked right in front of the radiator then you can guess what gets the most heat – the back of the sofa. It will probably save a few quid if you rearrange the furniture to make the best of the heat you have. Consider building a shelf above the radiator which will be stop heat rising and push it into the room.
And buy some tin foil – not to stop aliens getting messages into your brain but in sheet form, positioned behind the radiators, so they can reflect heat back into the room.
3. What’s the cat up to?
Watch what the cat does. Those crafty felines are not daft and will often find the warmest places in the house to curl up and snooze the day away in warmth while you struggle with constantly opening and closing doors and windows.
4. Put that light out!
Npower says you can save £50-£90 a year simply by turning off the lights in unused rooms and turning appliances off, rather than leaving them on standby. Taking the idea further, do you really need heating on in the spare bedroom if no-one is in it very much.
5. Be smart
Programme your central heating to have the heating on only when you need it. Does the house really need to be that hot in the day time when everyone is at work,. It’s easy enough to press a few buttons to get the heating on for a short time in the morning and again for a few hours at night.
6. An obvious one
Wear a jumper. You may laugh but wearing the right kind of clothes, in layers, could save a bit. A woolly jumper or a warm sweatshirt will do the trick and even a t-shirt, worn underneath something else, can help keep the body warm.
7. Seal the deal
Double glazing is good but expensive so why not cheat? Experts say you can buy a film to put over windows which does the same job but not as efficiently. It might not look as good, and you might not be able to open the windows, but it’s worth considering if you are on a budget. Alternatively, self-adhesive foam strips can help seal any gaps in the edges of windows.
8. Treat yourself
Have a not bath. Yes, a bath. We all know that taking a shower is a more energy efficient way of keeping clean but there’s still a lot to said for a good soak. Here’s a few tips: some experts say baths add moisture to the air which will have a cleansing effect on dry wrinkled skin. And leave the water in the bath for a bit when you get out because evaporating hot water warms up the air around it.
9. Move it!
Don’t just sit there. Exercising until you have a mild sweat can actually warm the body up – and you can do it without leaving home and incurring heavy gym fees.
Age UK says: “Staying active is not only essential for your general wellbeing and fitness – it also generates heat and helps to keep you warm.
“When you’re indoors, try not to sit still for more than an hour. Get up and walk around, make yourself a warm drink and spread any chores throughout the day.
10. Block off Santa
If you have an open fireplace which is unused you are losing a huge amount of heat and literally burning money in heating costs.
You could have your chimney capped but this could easily set you back a couple of hundred pounds. Another option is to install a chimney balloon. You can pick these up relatively cheaply and the saving on heating costs could be substantial.
Have you considered your evening routine when you get home from work? Before settling down to watch the telly, it’s worth going around the house closing the curtains – this prevents warm air escaping from the windows at night, and that helps keep your house warmer for longer.
And if the sun warms some rooms but not others, leave internal doors open to let the warm air circulate throughout your home during the day.
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