How to Keep Your House Warm This Winter without Breaking the Bank.
Whether we want it to happen or not, it certainly seems like the annual ‘Big Freeze’ is just around the corner.
A tradition that’s almost as British as fish ‘n’ chips, the winter can turn your home from a cosy sanctuary into a bitterly cold place if you don’t shell out on the gas or electricity to heat it. But with the price of energy rising all the time, it’s getting more and more tempting for people to keep the heating off and put up with the cold. For many people – especially those over the age of 50 – this can be a bad idea, as prolonged exposure to low temperatures can result in various health problems. So what else can you do to warm your home without spending hundreds of pounds on energy? Here are our top suggestions.
Wrap up as much as possible
We’ll start with the most simple advice, and the one you’re most likely doing already – wrap up warm! It should go without saying that the most cost-effective form of warming yourself up is to simply add more layers. If you have large sweaters, hoodies, or even a ‘snuggle’ blanket, these are all ideal for warming you up. If it gets really cold, don’t hesitate to throw on a scarf and gloves too: they’re much cheaper than a few units of electricity!
Look into zero-energy alternative heaters
Did you know that it’s possible to make a heater at home with just a plant pot and tea light candle? It’s the truth – and it can be an excellent way to raise the temperature in a cold room. Obviously it’s not safe to fill a room with naked flames, which is why a candle heater uses just one small tea light. It works by layering pottery (through the use of different sized pots on top of each other) to trap heat and then use convection to warm the room. It’ll cost you less than £10 on average, so it’s much cheaper than the alternative!
Stick to one room if you can
If you do want to use some electricity to heat your home, but don’t want any of it to go to waste, there is a solution. By either isolating the radiators in a single room or using a portable heater, you can focus your efforts on just that one room. In this way, you can make the place you spend the most time a very comfy, cosy place. It makes far more financial sense to spend money warming the living room if you spend 80% of your home time there, rather than wasting money heating unused rooms.
Don’t let the heat escape
Our final tip is another simple one: once you’ve built up the heat in a room to your liking, don’t let it escape! Make sure that all of your windows are kept closed, and perhaps even cover the gaps under doors with blankets or towels if necessary. These may seem like over-the-top steps, but when you’re watching the pennies, every little bit really does help!
Written by Simon Morris
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