As winter approaches, days become colder and darker and naturally we begin to turn the heating on more frequently to ensure our homes are cosy and warm when we wake up and when we come home from work. The downside to this is that it can really impact your household bills. Take a look at our top tips below so you can stay warm during winter while keeping your bills to a minimum.
Set a timer
Setting a timer can really help during the winter period, also this way you can monitor how long you have the heating on for. For example, you could set your heating to come on half an hour before you wake up in the morning and half an hour before you arrive home in the evening. Also, make sure you close every door in your house to keep the heat in keeping you warmer for longer. Doing this could mean that you only have your heating on for 1-2 hours a day.
Uncover the heat
If your furniture is placed in front of the radiator it can prevent heat circulating around your home. If you have part of a unit or furniture in front of a radiator in your home, during winter, it’s best to reshuffle the room around, this way you’re able to gain access to the heat from the radiator otherwise, you aren’t able to use your radiators, covering the heat defeats the purpose of using them.
Keeping draughts out
Draughts can come through the tiniest of gaps. Draught excluders at the bottom of doors can really help block draughts and keep the heat in. Letterboxes without resistance brushes can also let the chill in, but this can be easily prevented. Cat/ dog flaps on your doors can also let the draughts in however this can be prevented by filling them with wool insulation or pieces of a blanket to try and stop the cold from getting in with your pets.
Investing in a thick pair of lined curtains is a great tip to trap the heat in. They will help keep the warmth in the room in, whilst providing a layer in between the room and the window to stop any draughts. However, make sure you draw them open each day so that the room can absorb sunlight. Doing this means that the heat from the sunlight will circulate around the room and the curtains will help trap the heat in the room.
No need for fluffy socks
Placing a rug on bare floorboards can be a great way to help keep the heat in. Like curtains or carpets, rugs provide an additional layer of insulation so are a good option for covering floorboards helping you ditch those fluffy socks this winter!